Frank Tolbert (File Photo)
Nov. 10, 2006
AUBURN - Frank Tolbert scored all 14 of his points in the second half including two free throws with 1.5 seconds left to preserve Auburn's 71-68 season-opening victory over Troy Friday at Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum.
The Tigers rallied from nine down in the second half en route to their ninth straight season-opening win.
"It was a huge win," head coach Jeff Lebo said. "I thought that this was a tough game because they played the entire game in zone. It is tough to work against it. We did not shoot great, but we showed toughness in the end and made the crucial shots. It was a wild game."
Korvotney Barber recorded his first double-double with 13 points and a career-high 16 rebounds to lead the Tigers. Rasheem Barrett was also one of four Tigers in double digits, scoring 11 points and grabbing a career-high nine boards. Quantez Robertson added 12 points and eight assists. Troy's Richard Chaney totaled a game-high 21 points and 12 rebounds.
Auburn led 19-12 with 10 minutes left in the first half before Troy outscored the Tigers 23-14 to take a 35-33 lead at the break.
The Trojans opened the second half on an 11-4 run to take a 46-37 lead before Auburn's rally.
Tolbert's three with 7:17 left gave the Tigers a 58-57 lead, their first lead since the 3:02 mark in the first half.
After five more lead changes, a three by Chaney gave the Trojans a 68-64 lead with 1:25 left before Robertson answered with a three, pulling Auburn within one. Tolbert's layup gave Auburn a 69-68 lead with 18 seconds left.
A layup attempt by Troy's Richard Chaney was blocked by Barber before Tolbert's two free throws sealed the win.
The Tigers shot 40 percent from the field, while Troy shot 38 percent. Auburn dominated the boards, outrebounding the Trojans, 54-38.
Auburn returns to action on Friday, Nov. 17 when it plays host to Winston-Salem State at 8 pm at Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum.