Tigers Win Numero Dos

A report on the Auburn men's basketball game two in Mexico is featured.

Cancun, Mexico--The Auburn men's basketball team jumped out to a 47-24 halftime lead and held on to win 90-74 vs. a Mexican professional team on Friday night.

The Tigers won their second straight game vs. the Quintana Roo Pioneros. The previous evening the Tigers defeated the same team 103-76.

Senior forward Quan Prowell led the Tigers in scoring with 18 points. Rasheem Barrett, a junior guard, chipped in with 16, all in the first half. He led the Tigers in scoring on Thursday with 26 points.

Junior forward Korvotney Barber sparked the Tigers with four dunks and finished the night with 15 points, including four on mid-range jump shots. Junior forward Josh Dollard added 14 points.

"I thought we started the game very well and kind of played with them the rest of the way," said Auburn coach Jeff Lebo. "Quan did some good things, and Quantez (guard Quantez Robertson) was an ironman again. He ran our team very well in the absence of DeWayne Reed by playing a lot of minutes."

Reed suffered a foot injury in game one and is not expected to play on Saturday night when the Tigers will play their third and final exhibition game of the tour before returning home on Monday.

Auburn made eight three-pointers on Friday night compared to 12 on Thursday. The Pioneros, team that featured a blend Mexicans and Americans, hit 13 treys on Friday night in a hot, non-air conditioned gym.

"We moved the ball offensively, got good looks at the bucket, and you have to be pleased with that," says Lebo, whose team jumped ahead 16-1 to start the contest. Dollard, who was in foul trouble in game one, scored the first nine points of the game to spark the Tigers.

By the end of the first quarter, in a game played under international rules, the Tigers led 25-6. "We came out better than we did last night," says Prowell. "We moved the ball real well, and that is where most of our points came from."

Sophomore guard/forward Lucas Hargrove, who hit two threes, scored 10 for the Tigers, senior guard Frank Tolbert finished with nine points, Robertson scored six, sophomore power forward Matt Heramb added two while walk-on Drew Smith played but did not score.

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