Glass Gone From Basketball Squad

When the Tigers face Georgia on Saturday, they will do it without reserve guard Lincoln Glass.

Auburn, Ala.--Lincoln Glass had a bad start to his senior season which officially ended on Thursday when Cliff Ellis dismissed him from the Auburn basketball team.

Ellis would only say the dismissal was due to a violation of team rules. Sources close to the team say that Glass, who is unhappy over the amount of his playing time, had a confrontation with the veteran head coach at practice this week and that is what led to his dismissal.

Glass first got into hot water with Ellis last fall and was suspended due to lack of performance in the classroom. That led to the guard's academic ineligibility to start the 2001-2002 season and caused a major problem for a team that was already missing its projected point guard when Jamison Brewer stunned the AU coaching staff by declaring himself eligible for the NBA draft.

Glass missed the first seven games while he was ineligible. He averaged 16.8 minutes per contest this season and started one game. He averaged 3.8 points and 0.8 rebounds per contest. He had a ridiculously poor turnover to assist ratio of 22:1 this season. He struggled with his shooting, too, making just 30 percent of his field goals and 31.7 percent of his threes. Glass was just 6-11 at the free throw line.

As junior, he averaged 7.2 points,1.6 rebounds and had 72 assists with 41 turnovers. He made 34 percent of his shots, 31.9 percent of his threes and 89.1 percent of his free throws.

Lincoln Glass

A native of South Bend, Ind., he averaged 14.6 points, 4.5 assists and 3.6 rebounds as a sophomore at Lincoln Trail junior College in Robinson, Ill. He averaged 12 points per game as a juco freshman.

With Glass gone and Mack McGadney deciding to give up the rest of his seaso to rehab his injured knee, shins and foot, walk-on point guard Charlton Barker is the only senior on the squad.

Ellis says that freshman Lewis Monroe will start at point guard with junior Marquis Daniels being the next option.

The Tigers return to action at 1 p.m. vs. the Georgia Bulldogs. Tipoff time is 1 p.m. at Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum and there is no TV coverage. The Bulldogs, who are ranked 17th nationally, have been a pleasant surprise with an 18-5 overall mark and a 7-3 SEC record. Auburn will be trying to snap a six-game losing streak. The Tigers are 9-11 overall and 1-8 in the conference.

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