Nov. 3, 2006
Behind four players in double figures and 30 forced turnovers, Auburn cruised to an 87-75 win over NAIA Faulkner in exhibition play at Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum Friday night.
"We played awfully hard tonight with limited numbers," head coach Jeff Lebo said. "I thought we did some good things overall. We did good things defensively.
"With the lack of depth that we have now and the size factor, we put two freshmen in and they got pushed and shoved during free throws. I think that they are going to get better."
Leading by 13 at the break, Auburn opened up a 20-point lead a minute into the second half. The Eagles would never get closer than the final margin of 12 points.
Sophomore Rasheem Barrett connected on 6-of-13 shots including five threes, pouring in 22 points to lead the Tigers.
Also in double figures were sophomore Korvotney Barber, who scored 18 points, and junior Archie Miaway and freshman DeWayne Reed, who added 18 and 10, respectively. Barber led the Tigers with eight rebounds.
Miaway was also solid defensively for the Tigers, recording five steals.
Barrett scored 14 of his points in the first half, leading Auburn to a 47-34 lead at the intermission. After Faulkner took a 17-15 lead with 7:45 left, Auburn closed the half on a 32-17 run sparked by two threes from Barrett. The Atlanta, Ga., native was also 5-of-6 from the foul line.
Faulkner was led by Jon Uriarte's 11 points.
Auburn plays its final exhibition game Tuesday against AUM at 8 pm, the second half of a doubleheader with the Auburn women, who play Tuskegee at 6 pm. The Tigers open the regular season at home against Troy Nov. 10th at 7 pm.