Tez On Target for Tigers; Tulsa Next

Comments from Auburn senior Quantez Robertson are featured as Auburn prepares to take on Tulsa in round two of the NIT following a victory over UT-Martin.

Auburn, Ala.--It was an interesting evening for Quantez Robertson on Wednesday at Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum.

In what could have been the last game of his college career, the senior played inspired basketball.

Robertson made 6-8 field goals, with two of those three-pointers. He was 5-5 at the foul line, pulled down six rebounds, led the Tigers with six assists, led all players with four steals and had just two turnovers in 36 minutes of court time.

In addition, he had the defensive assignment of playing man-to-man defense vs. talented UT-Martin star Lester Hudson, the nation's number two scorer.

Auburn coach Jeff Lebo said he appreciated the way Robertson "battled his tail off" on both ends of the court as Auburn defeated the Skyhawks 87-82 to advance to the second round of the National Invitation Tournament. The Tigers will play Tulsa at 7 p.m. on Friday at Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum.

Hudson, who had averaged 38 points per game in the OVC Tournament, scored 33 vs. the Tigers. He made 12-24 field goals, including 6-17 threes. Hudson also impressed the Auburn coaches, players and fans at Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum.

"He's a heck of a player," Robertson said. "He can attack the rim. He can shoot. He can pull up. It is tough guarding him. He made some tough shots over our hands and he made some over hands. He kind of got going and played a heck of a game tonight."

The same can be said of Robertson, who has struggled offensively much of his senior season, and watched his minutes on the court drop in the later half of the season. However, he was only on the bench for four minutes vs. the Skyhawks.

"I wasn't doing too much out of what I normally do--just attacking the rim some and shooting my open shots a lot more," Robertson says. "I think shooting after practice, and getting some extra shots in before the game, helped me a lot to knock down shots today."

Robertson kept Hudson in check most of the first half as the Tigers built a 19-point lead. "He just got it going the second," Robertson said. "Being that he is the second leading scoring in the NCAA, it is hard to keep a man like that down. He knocked down some tough shots and he got going."

With the victory the Tigers will look to improve their 23-11 record on Friday night vs. Tulsa. That means at least one more game for the senior trio of Robertson, Korvotney Barber and Rasheem Barrett. Robertson said he isn't ready to finish his college career and he would like to advance to the NIT title game in New York City.

"We just try to play as hard as we can night in and night out, practicing as hard as we can, trying to get everybody on the same page," Robertson said of the seniors. "I think that is what motivated us today. It could have been our last game, but we played pretty well tonight and knocked down some shots, and we are able to advance to the next round now."

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