Wisconsin Badgers Tigers to Take Hoops Win

South Padre Island, Tex.--Despite serious foul trouble in the first half, Auburn stayed within striking range of seventh-ranked Wisconsin before the Badgers pulled away midway in the second half for a 77-63 basketball victory on Saturday.

Playing in the losers bracket of the South Padre Island Invitational, the Tigers slipped to 4-2 for the season while Wisconsin improved to 5-1.

The Tigers got into immediate foul trouble with leading scorer Korvotney Barber getting a pair of fouls in the first minute of action and sitting on the bench almost the entire first half.

Barber then got two early fouls in the second half and eventually fouled out with 10 points in 10 minutes of playing time.

Two other players, Frank Tolbert and Quantez Robertson, fouled out for the Tigers who were whistled for 28 fouls in the game, 11 more than the Badgers.

Freshman guard DeWayne Reed led the Tigers and all scorers with 17 points. He hit 6-14 field goals, 3-3 free throws and was 2-4 on treys. He had seven assists and six turnovers.

Tolbert added 12 points and six rebounds for the Tigers and Rasheem Barrett scored 10 points. Robertson led the Tigers on the boards with eight rebounds to go with nine points.

Wisconsin was led by senior guard Kammron Taylor, who scored 16 points and pulled down five rebounds.

The Badgers opened the game with a 10-0 run, but the Tigers recovered and trailed by three points late in the first half. However, Wisconsin stretched the lead to 35-25 by halftime.

The Tigers were in striking range at the 11:52 mark in the second half when they trailed 54-46 after a three-pointer by Barrett, but the Badgers were able to get the lead back into double figures and keep it there.

Auburn outshot the Badgers from the field 48.9 percent to 46.4 percent, but the winners enjoyed a big edge on the foul line hitting 19-30 free throws to 11-19 for the Tigers. Auburn hit 6-15 threes while the Badgers made 6-12.

Wisconsin used its superior height to take a 35-28 edge in rebounds and the Badgers turned the ball over 17 times, two less than AU.

Auburn coach Jeff Lebo said his team gave good effort after a physical one-point loss to Oklahoma State on Friday. "We weren't going to back down," Lebo said. "We were going to be physical, we were going to be aggressive and that is what we were.

"We didn't get things to go our way and had some adversity we had to fight through there, but we battled hard," the coach added. "We just weren't good enough. We made it ugly enough though, which is what I thought we needed to do to have a good chance to win."

Josh Dollard

Auburn returns to action with a Tuesday home game vs. Nicholls State at Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum. Tipoff time is set for 7 p.m. Sophomore forward Josh Dollard is scheduled to make his debut after opening season on suspension for violation of team rules.

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