Auburn's Frank Tolbert looks for a shot.
Nov. 21, 2006
AUBURN - Korvotney Barber recorded his second double-double of the season with 13 points and 14 rebounds while Rasheem Barrett added 19 points and Frank Tolbert 18 to lead Auburn (4-0) to a 79-58 victory over Miles College (3-1) Tuesday at Beard-Eaves-Memorial Coliseum.
The Tigers used a season-high 15 steals and held the Golden Bears to only 31 percent shooting from the field en route to the victory.
"It wasn't a great game by any stretch of the imagination," head coach Jeff Lebo said. "We shot poorly and turned the ball over too much."
Freshman Lucas Hargrove registered a season-high 13 points and tied his season-best with six rebounds while Miles was led by Andrew Jones' game-high 24 points on 5-of-9 shooting from 3-point range.
After the Golden Bears cut the Auburn lead to seven early in the second half, the Tigers began to pull away and never let Miles to within any closer than 14 the rest of the way. Auburn shot 50 percent (12-of-24) from the field in the second half, including 5-of-11 from three-point range.
Auburn trailed by as many as four to start the game, until 10 straight points by Tolbert gave the Tigers an 18-11 lead. The Tigers began to pull away, leading 24-15, thanks in part to a 16-4 run, but four-straight three-pointers in 1:44 gave Miles the lead back, 27-24. After tying the game at 28, the Tigers finished the half on a 15-5 run to take a 43-33 advantage, led by Tolbert's first-half 16 points.
"I don't think we played well at all during the first half," Lebo said. "We just went through the motions tonight."
Auburn will head to South Padre Island, Texas, to face Oklahoma State in the semifinal round of the South Padre Invitational on Friday at 1:30 p.m. Central and it will be televised on CSTV. The championship/third round game will be Saturday against either No. 7 Wisconsin or undefeated Missouri State.