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Auburn Defeats Southeastern Louisiana, 77-65

Dec. 31, 2008

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Auburn Head Coach Jeff Lebo

Opening statement on picking up the win over Southeastern Louisiana...
"I thought in the first half, the beginning tempo favored Southeastern Louisiana offensively. They shot the ball extremely well and we looked a little sluggish on defense. We went to the press and got a few turnovers. That got it going for us a little bit offensively. We held on in the end. We shot well from the foul line and they did not, and that was really the big difference in the game. We got to the line close to 40 times. Typically when you get to the line that many times you get a good chance to win if you shoot the ball average from the foul line. We forced 22 turnovers and we converted a lot of those turnovers into points."

On using a pressure/trapping style of defense...
"It gets us going at times when we seem to be a little sluggish. It gets us moving. When we do that, we have to play a little smaller, it is hard to play the two big guys in together when we do that. Our guards are quick, we have some depth back there. We will continue to try to use that when we need to. It has really helped us at key times in certain games. We will get down in double figures and then we will be up in big swings."

On Korvotney Barber, Quantez Robertson and DeWayne Reed. . .
"Korvotney was terrific with 16 rebounds and 10 points. He was very good defensively, he did an excellent job on (Patrick) Sullivan, who is long and athletic. I thought Quantez's (Robertson) and DeWayne Reed's defense on (Kevyn) Green, especially down the stretch when they needed buckets was terrific. We kept them to a fairly low percentage there."

On his team's offensive woes...
"We shot the ball poorly tonight. We won with our defense. We had a long drought there where we did not score anything and had some turnovers. We missed some shots. In the first half, we got some good looks but did not make them. In the second half, we had a stretch where we turned the ball over three or four times and made some bad decisions with the basketball. We made some bad decisions on where to go off the bounce. We tried to do a lot of dribble-driving to try to utilize our guard play. We had a stretch there where we looked a little discombobulated offensively. The half-court game is not our strength, you learn a lot about your team after 10 games, but we have to get better at that. Once you get into SEC play, you have got to be able to score in the half court more consistently than what we have been doing."

Auburn Player Quotes

Korvotney Barber, Forward

On areas the team needs to focus on...
"We have to work on our free throws and 3-pointers. I think we are playing good as a team right now but we still need to cut down our turnovers. Other than that, I thought we did a pretty good job."

On the keys to Auburn winning the game...
"Coach said that we need to minimize turnovers and get to the boards. We need to watch the fast break and get back quickly on transition. I think we did a pretty good job of doing that tonight and we came out with a win against a good team."

DeWayne Reed, Guard

On the trapping defense...
"We had three guards on the court at the same time and it got us going trapping the ball, they did not seem to be prepared for the full-court trap and we took advantage of that. "

On winning six-straight games...
"It feels good to win six straight games to help our team get ready fort he SEC schedule. It feels great, I think there is a lot of confidence. Everyone is playing their role right now. "



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