Hot-Shooting Tigers, Barrett Win 12th Game

Rasheem Barrett posted his second career doubl-double for the basketball Tigers.

Rasheem Auburn, Ala.--Rasheem Barrett scored 24 points on just 11 field goal attempts and helped the Tigers dominate the boards as Auburn defeated Presbyterian 78-65 Tuesday night.

Auburn improved to 12-5 in its final non-conference game of the season against an opponent that made 14 three-pointers. However, Auburn's domination of the boards and good shooting was too much for the Blue Hose to overcome.

Barrett hit 9-11 field goals, 4-5 threes and 2-2 foul shots while pulling down 10 rebounds in 30 minutes. His team made 52 percent of its shots, including 9-16 threes and 17-22 free throws.

"Rasheem was efficient tonight," Auburn coach Jeff Lebo said. "He had 10 rebounds and we have been on him about rebounding the ball."

The Tigers got 12 points from DeWayne Reed, 11 from Matt Heramb off the bench and 10 from Quan Prowell.

Auburn out-rebounded the Blue Hose 39-22 and limited the visitors to just three offensive rebounds. In fact, Presbyterian didn't have an offensive rebound until the game's closing minutes.

"We were a little lackadaisical at times, especially when we had a big lead in the second half, but they are a pesky type of team," Lebo said. "They play a lot of people and they had two weeks to get ready. I thought they played very well. I am glad to get that one behind us."

The game was close for the first 10 minutes as both teams shot well. Auburn took the lead at the 11:56 mark of the first half as Prowell scored inside and was fouled to put the Tigers on top 20-18 as he missed his free throw.

The Tigers steadily increased their lead into double figures. Auburn went ahead 37-27 at the 3:03 mark on a fastbreak slam dunk by Lucas Hargrove.

At intermission the Tigers led 43-32 with good shooting and good rebounding the difference. AU hit 15-30 first half shots, including 5-10 threes and 8-10 foul shots, and out-rebounded the Blue Hose 21-11.

Presbyterian hit 11-26 field half shots including 6-17 threes and 4-4 foul shots.

Barrett led the Tigers at the break in scoring with 14 points as he hit 5-6 field goals including both of his threes.

Lucas Hargrove prepares to throw a pass inbounds from in front of the Presbyterian bench.

The Tigers continued to build their lead in the second half. A three-pointer by Prowell pushed the advantage to 21 points at 65-44.

Presbyterian hit 41.2 percent of its shots and 14-33 threes while making 9-11 foul shots. However, that was not enough to avoid another loss for a team making the move up from Division II to Division I. The Blue Hose fell to 2-21 on the season. All 21 losses have been on the road.

Lebo said he liked the way that Heramb played off the bench. "He certainly is being more aggressive around the basket," the coach noted. "Again, he is not really a post-up guy. He shot the ball well for us tonight and that is what he can do."

The Tigers return to SEC action on Saturday with a 2 p.m. game at Alabama.

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Game Notes: Lebo says he considered playing freshman center Boubacar Sylla vs. Presbyterian now that he has been cleared to practice. "That was not a great game for him to be in because of how small they are. He is getting a little bit better in practice. He is getting a little bit more able to run on it. He still limps a little bit when he runs, but he is wanting to play, I think, so we may see if he can get in there the next game--I don't know. We just kind of see how he does in the next couple days of practice." Lebo says he has discussed the pros and cons with Sylla about redshirting or trying to return after suffering a foot injury...Frank Tolbert's wrists and ankles are bothering the senior, Lebo noted. Tolbert played just 22 minutes and finished with eight points, three rebounds and three assists...Auburn's largest lead was 24 points with 7:02 left in the second half.

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