Auburn Holds Tuskegee To Record Low In Points

An 11-day layoff for both Auburn and Tuskegee led to sloppy basketball at Beard-Eaves on Wednesday.

Auburn, Ala.—Auburn held Tuskegee University to a Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum record for fewest points scored in a game on Wednesday night in a 75-32 victory.

The Tigers held Tuskegee, a Division II opponent from the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference, to 15-64 shooting from the field and 1-16 on threes. The Golden Tigers also turned the ball over 19 times and made just 1-8 free throw attempts.

"You're supposed to win when you only give up 32 points," Auburn head coach Jeff Lebo said after the win. "I've seen some people lose giving up 32."

Auburn's last game prior to Wednesday was a 78-50 victory over ULM on Dec. 6, and Lebo noted that his team came out a bit slow.

"I thought we were a little rusty offensively there, especially coming off the break," he explained. "The last 10 minutes we really got it going, got some easy looks and put the ball in the basket. I'm happy to win and we're going to move on."

Auburn was led in scoring by Korvotney Barber, who had 14 points and seven rebounds. Frankie Sullivan added 12 points while Lucus Hargrove, Tay Waller and Rasheem Barrett all scored 10 points apiece.

Waller was 4-7 from the field and 2-3 from long range.

The Tigers out-rebounded Tuskegee 47-39 and were led on the boards by Johnnie Lett, who had 10 rebounds, six points and four blocks in just 17 minutes of action.

"I think I did pretty good," Lett said. "I got a lot of rebounds and I had a couple of blocks so I think I contributed to the team pretty well while I was in the game.

"The break got us in better condition," he added. "I think that we got tougher. We were the better rebounders in the second half."

The Tigers played without 6-10 center Brendon Knox, who is out of action approximately 10 days to 14 weeks due to an illness.

Tuskegee was held scoreless until 14:02 remaining in the first half as Auburn built an 11-0 lead. It grew to 30-11 at halftime. The largest lead of the game was the final score as Auburn improved to 5-4 with the 43-point victory.

The Golden Tigers, who fell to 0-3 for the season, had 10 players take a shot from the field and none of them were above 50 percent. Byron Fisher was 2-16 from the field and 0-8 on threes, but he did make his team's only free throw.

The 32 points allowed were the fewest allowed by an Auburn basketball teams since Feb. 12, 1948 when Oglethorpe fell to the Tigers 55-23.

Auburn made just under 50 percent of its field goals, hitting 27-55 and 5-16 threes. The struggles at the foul line continued as the home team made just 16-28 free throws.

Auburn's next game is at Virginia on Saturday. Tipoff from Charlottesville is scheduled for 3 p.m. CST with television coverage on Fox Sports Net.

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