Coach Cliff Ellis cited the rebounding advantage as his team's biggest problem, however, there were others.
The Tigers continued to struggle with their shooting. Auburn made just 41.3 percent of its shots and was only 15-25 at the foul line. The 6-15 from three-point range was respectable, but not nearly enough against a team that made 44.1 percent of its shots and was plus-18 in rebound margin. Tennessee put up 13 more field goals than the visitors.
Ellis looked to senior Lincoln Glass as a starter and freshman Lewis Monroe in reserve to provide a spark for the offense at point guard. Glass got the start, but was 0-3 from the field with two assists and three turnovers in just 13 minutes. Monroe, who was sidelined earlier this season with a back injury, played 27 minutes at the point. He was 1-4 shooting, with four assists, three turnovers, one steal and four points.
Marquis Daniels led the Tigers in scoring with 14 points and freshman Brandon Robinson was the only other Tiger who scored in double figures with 12 points. Marco Killingsworth, another freshman, added nine points and a team-leading eight rebounds as he got the start at forward in place of Robinson. Derrick Bird was left out of the starting lineup to make room for Glass.
Tennessee was paced by 6-10 forward Marcus Haislip, who hit 9-17 field goals on his way to a game leading 24 points. The junior contributed a team-leading eight rebounds. Vincent Yarbrough added 16 points for the Volunteers.
Auburn contributed to its woes with 23 turnovers, three more than the home team. Auburn trailed 39-26 at halftime and couldn't rally because of 39.1 percent shooting in the second half, making just 9-23 field goals.
Auburn returns to action for a 7 p.m. home game on Wednesday at Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum against the Tennessee Volunteers. The game will be televised regionally by Jefferson-Pilot Sports.