Lebo's Tigers Looking for a 4-0 Start

Auburn, Ala.--The Auburn men's basketball team will play Division II Miles College at 7 p.m. on Tuesday at home in the second round of the South Padre Invitational. Both teams are 3-0.

The Tigers are returning to action after a come-from-behind 64-58 victory over East Tennessee State on Sunday and the Golden Bears are back on the court after winning the Delta State Farm Classic with wins over Southern Arkansas (72-64) on Friday and Delta State (61-60) on Saturday.

Auburn is led in scoring this season by Frank Tolbert, who is averaging 14.3 points and also adding seven boards per game. More importantly the junior guard has just three turnovers in as many games.

Post player Korvotney Barber has shown obvious improvements in the early part of the 2006-2007 season on both ends of the court. He is contributing 13.7 points, 9.7 boards and 4.3 blocks to Coach Jeff Lebo's basketball team.

"We have to shoot the ball better," Lebo says. "We got pretty good looks at the basket against East Tennessee State after watching the film. With us not really having much of an inside game we kind of live and die right now by being able to make perimeter shots."

Playing without suspended forwards Quan Prowell and Josh Dollard, Barber will be matched up inside tall center DeMario Williams, who is the Golden Bears leading rebounder at 9.3 per game. He is also averaging 5.7 points.

"Miles is having a good year so far," Lebo notes. "They have beaten Montevallo. They have good size with 7-1 inside player DeMario Williams and have a good guard in Alton Hicks. They are athletic and quick. We haven't seen a big guy that size yet over 7-foot. He's not bad and he can block shots."

Hicks is the leading scorer at 12.7 a game.

The rest of the South Padre Invitation will be at South Padre Island, Texas. The Tigers will play Oklahoma State on Friday and either Wisconsin or Missouri State on Saturday.


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