Baylor Coach Praises Tigers, Lebo, AU Fans

A report on Auburn's NIT quarter-finals game vs. Baylor is featured.

Auburn, Ala.--Baylor coach Scott Drew said he was happy to get out of Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum with a victory that will send his Bears to the NIT Final Four in New York City next week.

Baylor edged Auburn 74-72 as Rasheem Barrett's three-pointer in the closing seconds bounced off the rim for Coach Jeff Lebo's Auburn Tigers. The Tigers had another chance to go ahead seconds earlier when DeWayne Reed missed a pair of free throws with Auburn behind by one point.

"You can tell that both of these teams are led by seniors and upperclassmen because neither team wanted to lose," Drew said. "I think that Coach Lebo has done a tremendous job all year long and that everyone in the SEC really respects the program here.

"We are very fortunate that we won and I am very happy that we get a chance to have these seniors become all-time winningest class at Baylor. That is a great accomplishment."

Baylor advances to New York after playing at home and beating Georgetown and then winning on the road at Virginia Tech on Saturday and at Auburn on Tuesday.

"I think Auburn's fans really did great job getting the arena real loud," he said. "I think Auburn made some good defensive plays. We didn't execute as well as we would have liked to.

"There was one possession for sure and then the inbounds; I probably should have come up with a better play. I was very pleased with that with six seconds left, we first contested the shot and then rebounded the basketball, those were the two things that we needed to do."

The game was close from start to finish. Although the Bears outshot Auburn 50 percent from the field to 39.1 percent, they couldn't shake the Tigers.

"We fully expected that," Drew said. "Auburn is a very respected team, they fight to end and a very good team will do that. We knew that both teams want to go to New York and wanted to keep winning. Both teams, again, have a great upperclassmen leadership so we knew it was going to come down to end."

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