Tiger Basketball Game To Benefit Toys For Tots

Auburn, Ala.--Auburn fans wanting to check out the Tigers in their final pre-Christmas home basketball game can also help make Christmas brighter for underprivileged children.

Wednesday's 7 p.m. game at Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum vs. the University of Montana Grizzlies has been designated a "Toys For Tots" game. Fans presenting a new, unwrapped toy will receive free admission and the toys will be distributed to needy families in the Auburn and Opelika area.

The Tigers bring a 6-0 record into the contest. Montana, the preseason favorite to win the Big Sky Conference, is off to a 3-3 start as it makes its first appearance at Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum.

Junior forward Marco Killingsworth, a 6-7, 235 junior, leads the Tigers in scoring with 15.5 points per game. Kyle Davis, a 6-10 center, is Auburn's top rebounder with 7.3 points per game. Davis is off to his best start as a scorer as he is averaging 10.7 points per outing, fourth on the team behind junior forward Brandon Robinson (13.7 points per game) and junior combo guard Ian Young (11.5).

Kyle Davis has become more of an offensive threat this season.

Auburn comes into the game following a 68-49 victory over Air Force on Sunday. The Grizzlies, who are led by 6-7, 235 junior forward Kamarr Davis (14.2 points, 6.5 rebounds), lost 72-71 to the University of San Francisco Dons on Saturday.

The Tigers are off to a strong start offensively, hitting 52.7 percent of their field goals including 40.0 percent from three-point range.

The remaining non-SEC home games on Dec. 22 vs. Georgia State, Dec. 30 vs. Southern Miss and Jan. 2 vs. New Orleans along with the SEC home opener against Ole Miss on Jan. 10 are "Kid's Games" with children 17 and under receiving free admission with a paid adult.

"Toys for Tots is a great program," says Auburn coach Cliff Ellis. "This game gives us all a chance to give back and help those in need."

Junior forward Marco Killingsworth posts up vs. Air Force.

Ellis says he has been pleasantly surprised at his team's strong start without point guard Lewis Monroe, a standout in last year's Auburn run into the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament. Monroe, who suffered a fractured bone in his foot in preseason practice, is expected to return to the lineup sometime after Christmas.

The Tigers also started the season with Davis slowed by an ankle sprain. However, he has recovered from that and is playing well, Ellis says. "He has worked hard," Ellis says. "Kyle seems to have a very good focus. I like his talk from a senior standpoint--his leadership. He is very positive in his comments."

AU officials announced that single game SEC tickets will go on sale January 5th. Tickets may be ordered by calling 1-800-AUB-1957, extension 1 or on-line at www.auburntigers.com.

Following Wednesday's game, the Tigers will take a break for final exams and won't play again until Dec. 20th when the travel to Las Vegas to take on the Running Rebels of UNLV.

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