Tigers get hot, earn 2nd win

Aubie was excited for win #2

The Auburn basketball team overcame its season-high 23 turnovers Tuesday night by shooting a season-high 51.7 percent from the field to take down Divison-II foe Georgia Southwestern, 78-50.

The Tigers (2-4) scored 11 straight points to break the game open and put themselves up 55-38 with less than 10 minutes to go. They increased their lead to 20 points with 4 minutes remaining, and then to 28 after Allen Payne dunked the ball just before the buzzer went off.

Though Auburn head coach Tony Barbee’s reaction to the crowd seeemed a little unexpected.

“It is like I keep telling the crowd, don’t cheer when we hit a 3,” Barbee said. “Don’t cheer when we dunk the ball. Sit on your hands. I want you going crazy when somebody dives like we just won the World Series. Cheer when we dive. Cheer when we take charges. Go crazy then because that is the positive feedback I want these guys getting so they understand that good offense, good defense that is all great and fine.”

Andre Malone scored a game-high 17 points for the Tigers, while Rob Chubb added 12.

Auburn opened the game with a 13-1 run featuring a new starting lineup that included freshman Josh Langford, junior Tony Neysmith and Chubb.

Langford finished with 9 points, while Neysmith finished with 8 points in his first career start at Auburn.

Georgia Southwestern (3-2) answered Auburn’s opening run with 12 straight points to tie the game, but the Tigers went into the locker room at halftime up 32-26.

The Tigers held the Hurricanes to 32.7 percent shooting from the field and 8-of-21 from 3-point range, including 3-of-9 in the second half. Auburn sank 14-of-18 free throws to help put the Hurricanes away after the break.

“It was just great that we all came out, and we are starting to come together as a team,” Chubb said. “We had really no chemistry coming together this year. We had to kind of force it and jump-start it because we haven’t had anybody that has had any major playing time.”

Adrian Forbes came off the bench to score 8 points in 12 minutes, while Kenny Gabriel and Payne each finished with 6. Trayce Macon led Georgia Southwestern with 15 points and 10 rebounds, while Phillip Brown added 14 points.

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