Dec. 16, 2006
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For the second-straight game Auburn found itself down by seven in the second half, only to come back again and win by double-digits with an 86-76 victory over Wofford on Saturday.
"It was a good win for us," head coach Jeff Lebo said. "We passed the ball fairly well for the most part, and got good balance from our starters."
Auburn (8-3) had all five starters score in double figures and was led by Rasheem Barrett's 18 points, after the sophomore hit 5-of-8 from three-point range. Josh Dollard had 16, Frank Tolbert totaled 15 and Korvotney Barber had 13 to go with eight boards in only 20 minutes of play before fouling out. Quantez Robertson nearly became the first Auburn player to record a triple-double after recording 14 points, eight rebounds and eight assists.
"Quantez is tough and is a dead-on shooter," Lebo said. "In games when you need him, he seems to have the ability to put in shots because of his toughness."
The Terriers (4-7) were led by Eric Marshall's 17 points, while Drew Gibson and Corey Godzinski each chipped in 14.
Trailing 51-48, Wofford went on an 8-0 run to take a 56-51 lead with 12:13. It was the Terriers first lead since the 7:37 mark of the first half. The Terriers pushed their lead to as much as 58-51 with 10:33 left before Auburn battled back to tie the game at 62 with a pair of free throws by Robertson at 7:57. Tied at 71, Robertson hit a three with 3:34 remaining to give Auburn the lead for good.
The Tigers led 44-36 at the half behind Barrett's 12 points after going 4-of-6 from three-point range. Auburn hit seven treys as a team, while Wofford made eight in the opening stanza.
Auburn began the game on an 8-2 run, but Wofford's first six buckets were from behind the arc, giving the Terriers a 20-18 lead with 9:56 left in the half. The Tigers regained control behind a 15-2 run, that gave Auburn a 38-26 advantage with 4:02 remaining.
The Tigers tied a season-high with 11 three-pointers (11-of-22) on a season-best 50 percent shooting from behind the arc. Auburn hit 77.8 percent of its free throws on the day (7-of-9), marking a new season-high.
Auburn will be back in action on Tuesday to face Tennessee State at 7 p.m. at Beard-Eaves-Memorial Coliseum in Auburn. Tickets are $5 each.