The Bucs Stop Here For Matchup vs. Auburn

Auburn, Ala.--Auburn will try to bounce back from its worst performance of the season following an eight-day break as the Tigers play Charleston Southern at 1 p.m. on Saturday at Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum.

The Tigers, 9-4, were embarrassed 87-58 by Texas A&M in their last basketball game before the Christmas break. Charleston Southern, 5-8 out of the Big South Conference, will be trying to snap a five-game losing streak.

"Charleston Southern has a good player in Donnell Covington," Auburn coach Jeff Lebo says. "They beat the College of Charleston, which is a pretty good team, and played USC and New Mexico tough."

The Buccaneers defeated College of Charleston 84-80 and lost 70-58 to Southern Cal and 76-69 to New Mexico.

Covington, a 6-1, 165 senior guard, is averaging 14.8 points and 5.5 rebounds per game.

Three other Bucs are averaging in double figures. Chris Moore, a 6-2, 180 junior guard, is scoring 13.9 per contest. Dwayne Jackson, a 6-3, 185 senior guard, is averaging 11.2 points and 6.1 rebounds.

The tallest starter is 6-9, 205 Giedrius Knysas, a sophomore from Lithuania who is scoring 10.8 points per game. The other starter, 6-8, 215 freshman Brandon Macklin, is scoring 3.3 points and averaging 3.3 rebounds.

Saturday's game will be the first time the Tigers and Bucs have played in basketball. Auburn will make a return trip to Charleston next season. It will also be Auburn's final home game before starting the SEC season.

"We want to play better and find a rotation a little better," Lebo says. "My biggest concern is shooting the ball from the perimeter. We have to be able to shoot the ball from the perimeter, which we have been erratic with. We have to capitalize on those things and get into a little rhythm on the offense end."

Korvotney Barber leads the Tigers in scoring at 14.3 per game and is pulling in 7.5 rebounds per game. Fellow sophomore forward Josh Dollard is the leading rebounder with 8.4 per game and he is scoring 12.7 per contest.


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