AUM vs. AU Set for Coliseum Tuesday Night

Auburn-Montgomery will be on the Auburn campus to play the Tigers for the first time.

Auburn, Ala.--Jeff Lebo's Tigers will have their final tune-up prior to the start of the regular season when they take on the Auburn University-Montgomery Senators on Tuesday at 8 p.m. at Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum.

AUM, 2-0 following a 76-73 victory over Dillard on Monday night, is the second NAIA school on the Auburn exhibition basketball schedule. The Tigers defeated Faulkner University, which is also located in Montgomery, 87-75 on Friday.

After studying video of the opener, Lebo says, "I was a little disappointed defensively with some particular players when you really break it down. I thought we did some good things. We passed the ball, but we missed some open shots which, obviously, I saw in person. We got some good looks.

"Early, I didn't think we passed the ball as well as we did later in the second half. I thought defensively we fatigued a little bit in our pressure. Our boxouts were not particularly good. Defensively, we have to get a lot better."

Tuesday night's exhibition game will be part two of a doubleheader with the AU women playing Tuskegee University in an exhibition contest at 6 p.m. There is no admission charge to see either game.

On Friday night the Tigers open the regular season as Troy University comes to Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum for a 7 p.m. tipoff, the first of 20 regular season home games for the Tigers.

Against Faulkner sophomore Korvotney Barber scored 18 points and pulled down eight rebounds to lead Auburn along with sophomore Rasheem Barrett, who led all scorers with 22 points.

AUM, which is coached by former Auburn standout Larry Chapman, defeated Allen University 82-63 in its regular season opener last Saturday. The Senators lost an exhibition game last week at Mississippi State by an 88-61 score.

Chapman, a 1964 Auburn graduate who is in his 30th season coaching at AUM, has a 592-381 record coaching the Senators. His top performer is 6-4 senior guard Joseph Manuel from Beatrice. The Senators are also expected to start 6-9 junior center Elmir Forto from Bosnia-Herzegovina, 6-7 junior forward Robert Johnson from Montgomery, 6-7 freshman forward Nathan Thomas from Mt. Juliet, Tenn., and 5-9 senior guard Mario Lusk from Memphis.

In addition to Barber and Barrett, the Tigers are expected to start 6-4 junior guard Frank Tolbert, 6-4 junior guard Archie Miaway and 6-3 sophomore guard Quantez Robertson.

"They are going to come in and it is going to be a big game for them," Lebo says of AUM. "They do have a very good player in Joseph Manual. He is one of the best NAIA players. They forced Mississippi State into 34 turnovers so they are going to get up in us. Mississippi State hurt them inside, which we won't. We need to take good care of the basketball against their pressure."


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