Freshman Hits 11-12 Shots In AU Scrimmage

Auburn, Ala.—Coach <b>Cliff Ellis</b> put his Auburn men's basketball team through a 40-minute controlled scrimmage Wednesday afternoon in order to let the Tigers face different types of situations that they will see throughout the upcoming season.

The Tigers played eight, five-minute periods with Ellis switching players from team-to-team throughout the scrimmage. "We got overall play out of everybody and got accomplished what we needed to do," Ellis tolid Inside the Auburn Tigers. "What stood out was the rebounding of Marquis Daniels and Brandon Robinson."

Both Daniels, a six-foot-six junior, and Robinson, a six-foot-nine freshman, pulled down 11 rebounds and recorded double-doubles. Robinson led the Tigers with 26 points on 11-12 shooting from the field. The freshman hit his only three-point attempt and also made three of four free throws.

"He got a lot of points off of defense and scored a lot off of rebounds, which is excellent play," Ellis added about Robinson. Daniels chipped in 15 points and also added five assists.

The head coach also said he is pleased with how the freshmen played and how they are coming around. Walk-on Nathan Watson was the team's second-highest scorer with 18 points. The six-foot-three shooting guard hit 4-9 three point attempts, including a stretch where he hit three in a row. Watson also had five rebounds. "Nathan is doing a good job, he's doing a good job. I think they will all contribute this year," Ellis said.

Nathan Watson had 18 points in the controlled scrimmage.

Freshman Marco Killingsworth and sophomore Kyle Davis were the only other Tigers with double-figure point totals with 11 and 10, respectively.

Ellis said his team needs to get more game-time experience on the court before the Tigers open their season with Highpoint on Nov. 16. Auburn has only exhibition game left on its schedule before the season-opener when the Tigers play the EA Sports Southeast All-Stars on Nov. 9 at Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum with a 7 p.m. tip. Admission for the exhibition game is free.

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