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Second Half Surge Leads Auburn Past South Alabama, 82-71

Dec. 6, 2006

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AUBURN-- Down seven early in the second half, Auburn went on a 16-0 run to take a nine-point advantage that helped guide the Tigers to an 82-71 victory over South Alabama Wednesday at Beard-Eaves-Memorial Coliseum.

"We shot the ball well in this game," head coach Jeff Lebo said. "The first half we were garbage, and I couldnâ?TMt believe we were up, but we finally got it going in the second half."

Rasheem Barrett did not start for the first time this season and scored a team-high 20 points to lead Auburn (7-3) while Archie Miaway added a career-high 15. Quantez Robertson added 15 points and Korvotney Barber 12 while Josh Dollard tied a career-high with 12 rebounds.

"I just reflected back to my freshman year coming off the bench, and I knew that whatever time Coach puts me in, that's when I have to come in and give to my teammates," Barrett said. "As far as coming off the bench as a sixth man, seventh man or eighth man, I just have to come in and do a job. That's what I did tonight."

South Alabama (5-3) was led by Carlos Smithâ?TMs game-high 22 points, while Daon Merrit added 15 and Stephen Cowherd 13.

Auburn led 36-33 at the half after shooting 60 percent from both the field and 3-point range. The Tigers also committed 14 turnovers, including one on seven-straight possessions after opening the game with a made 3-pointer.

South Alabama began the second half with back-to-back treys en route to an 8-0 run for a 41-36 lead. Down 45-38, Auburn went on a 16-0 run to take a 54-45 lead with 10:35 left. The Tigers pushed their lead to as many as 13 and converted six consecutive free throws in the final 1:36 to seal the victory.



"I feel more comfortable," said Miaway. "There was an adjustment period coming from a junior college to playing at the D-1 level and getting in game shape. My teammates keep picking me up, letting me know to keep shooting the ball."

The Tigers shot a season-high 71.4 percent (15-of-21) from the charity stripe, but also tied a season-high with 22 turnovers.

"We got more aggressive in the second half," Lebo said. "Quantez (Robertson) really sparked us with his aggressive plays driving to the basket.â??

Auburn will have nine days off before returning to action Saturday, Dec. 16 when it plays host to Wofford at 1 pm Central.

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