AU Basketball Team Goes 3-0 in Mexico

Jeff Lebo's Tigers will come home from Mexico with a 3-0 record.

Cancun, Mexico--The Tigers finished their three-game exhibition basketball series in Mexico unbeaten as they defeated Selecciones Cancun 104-72 on Saturday night.

Sophomore Lucas Hargrove, who has been a major factor in all three wins, tied for high-point honors with senior forward Quan Prowell as they scored 18. Hargrove plays the big guard and small forward positions. He has added 28 pounds since arriving on campus.

Junior guard Rasheem Barrett chipped in with 17 points for the Tigers, who took control early for the second straight night. Auburn led 27-12 after the first quarter and was never challenged.

Junior forward Korvotney Barber scored 14 points and junior forward Josh Dollard contributed 12 points.

"We shot the ball well tonight, and we ended the trip on a good note," Coach Jeff Lebo said. "We made 13 three-pointers, and we didn't miss that many. That was very good to see."

Lebo said he planned to use the trip to give more playing time to little used players like Matt Heramb and Hargrove. On Saturday night, junior walk-on guard Drew Smith got his first collegiate start and responded with eight points while hitting two treys.

"I played more minutes than I played in my whole career," Smith said. "I was tired at the end, though. I always cheer on the guys from the bench, and it felt really good to have them cheering for me tonight. I am not going to lie about that."

Quantez Robertson added eight points for the Tigers while Frank Tolbert finished with five and Heramb scored four.

The Tigers will tour the sights in Cancun on Sunday before flying back to Auburn on Monday afternoon. The team will begin practice for the regular season in October after making the first exhibition tour since Lebo took over the program.

Auburn's first two games were victories over the same team, the Quintana Roo Pioneros of the Mexican pro league. AU won the opener 103-76 and game two 90-74.

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