Tigers Looking For Win Three Vs. Wildcats

The Auburn men's basketball team will be back in action on Tuesday night.

Auburn, Ala.--Jeff Lebo's basketball Tigers will look to improve their record to 3-1 as they return to action in a Tuesday night home game vs. 1-2 Bethune-Cookman at Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum.

Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. It will be just the second time the Tigers and and Wildcats have met in basketball. Auburn took a 99-46 victory in December of 1998.

Bethune-Cookman will be trying to bounce back from a 78-38 road loss to Dayton, a team the Tigers will play on Friday at Hoffman Estates, Ill., as part of the Chicago Invitational, which includes Tuesday's night's home game vs. Bethune-Cookman.

The Wildcats opened the season with a 70-64 victory over Edward Waters and lost at Stetson 64-58.

The Tigers are coming off an 83-71 victory on Saturday over George Washington. Auburn hit 50 percent of its second half shots and held the Colonials to 33.3 percent shooting from the field in the second half to overcome a 44-29 halftime deficit.

The Tigers put four players in double figures in the scoring column vs. George Washington with guards Tay Waller and Frankie Sullivan leading the way. Waller finished with 19 points while Sullivan came off the bench to score 17 points in 28 minutes.

Commenting on what the Tigers did to make their comeback, Sullivan says, "We started playing better defense. In the first half we weren't doing our jobs. We were giving them wide open shots.

"In the second half we came out and our captain, Quantez Robertson, got us together like he always does in practice," Sullivan adds. "We started playing together as a team. Once Quantez puts his foot down, you know what the deal is. We just went back out and did the best we could do."

After struggling at the foul line earlier this season, Lebo's Tigers hit 19-23 free throws in the second half and 27-36 for the game vs. George Washington.

"Typically, the team that gets to the line the most has the best chance to win," Lebo says. "Our team goal was to shoot at least 70 percent from the foul line and we did that by shooting 75 percent.

"We have Tay Waller and Frankie Sullivan, and when they get to the line we expect them to make the shot," Lebo says. "We feel pretty good with those guys so if we can get the ball in their hands we can make the shots. Korvotney Barber made five out of seven--we like to see that. DeWayne Reed made some key shots coming down the stretch when there got to be a foul situation. Free throws are one of the main reasons we lost to Mercer."

Reed, who was 7-9 at the foul line, scored nine points for the Tigers vs. George Washington and Lucas Hargrove broke out of his scoring slump with 13 points.

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