Tigers Looking to Even Record on Saturday

Auburn, Ala.--Jeff Lebo's Tigers will look to end a three-game losing streak and Saturday's opponent looks like a promising candidate to make that happen.

The Warhawks of Louisiana-Monroe are 2-3 this season with their last outing a 108-70 loss to Tennessee Tech last Saturday. The Tigers are coming off an 81-74 loss on Wednesday night in Cincinnati vs. Xavier.

"We go from a big, strong team to a fast, quick team," Lebo says of Saturday's matchup. "They are small and they beat you off the bounce. They have a very good player in Tony Hooper (10.3 points per game) and Jarvis Hill is their leading scorer. Both are perimeter guys.

"They do a lot of different things defensively," Lebo adds. "We have to do a good job of keeping them out of the paint because they do have some quickness in the paint."

Tipoff time is 1 p.m. Saturday at Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum. Auburn, which is 3-4, is the only SEC team currently with a losing record.

The Warhawks are led by 6-2 junior guard Jarvis Hill, who is averaging 14.8 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.0 assists after transferring in from East Mississippi Community College.

The team's tallest starter, 6-8, 275 sophomore Rudy tuner, is averaging 7.8 points and 5.0 rebounds.

Brandon Williams, a 6-1 guard, is averaging 4.2 points and 2.2 rebounds. Afam Nweke, a 6-7, 225 senior forward, is averaging 3.0 points and 5.8 rebounds. The other starter 6-0 junior Reggie Lassiter is averaging 2.2 points per game.

Malcom Thomas, a 6-6, 165 junior forward, is averaging 8.6 points and 4.4 points in a reserve role.

The Tigers have four players scoring in double figures with Korvotney Barber at 12.9, DeWayne Reed at 12.4, Tay Waller at 12.1 and Frankie Sullivan at 10.7. Barber is AU's top rebounder at 6.3 per game.

Coach Jeff Lebo

Lebo says he liked what he saw from Sullivan, a freshman guard on Wednesday night. "Frankie was terrific on the road for the first time as a freshman, especially offensively. Defensively, he still needs some work.

"I thought Korvotney Barber did some good things for us," Lebo adds. "We will try to build from that."

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