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Auburn looking for more Cinmeon Bowers against Florida
Jan. 23, 2016

Auburn's Cinmeon Bowers had reason to celebrate against Alabama
Auburn's Cinmeon Bowers had reason to celebrate against Alabama
By Charles Goldberg

GAINESVILLE, Fla. ― Tahj Shamsid-Deen isn't coming back this season and T.J. Dunans will be out a long time, too.

But Auburn continues to push through without its two injured starting guards thanks to outside shooting of Kareem Canty, the inside-out game of Tyler Harris and the resurgence of power forward Cinmeon Bowers.

They helped Auburn beat Kentucky and Alabama in consecutive games, and the Tigers will try to keep the hot streak going Saturday against Florida at 7 p.m., Auburn time, on the SEC Network.

Bowers was in the starting lineup early in the year, came off the bench for seven straight games, and came back to start two games ago. And he came back in a big way, averaging 14 points and 14 rebounds.

Last seen, he was scoring 20 points and grabbing 18 rebounds against Alabama.

"We need Cim to play like that for us to win," Harris said. "He's going to be able to do that consistently, now that we are able to get that flow going after losing those guys earlier in the season. As a team, we now know where our roles are at for each position player.

"For a guy like Cim who is able to rebound the ball real well and get guys involved and be able to score the ball around the basket, that's really going to help us and really going to expand our team throughout the next couple of games and finish the season."

Auburn beat Kentucky and Auburn at home where the Tigers are 7-2. They're 2-6 away from Auburn Arena. But the Tigers are feeling good heading into the O'Connell Center for Saturday's game.

"I feel like we have a good rhythm right now and we're clicking a lot better with the chemistry as well," Harris said. "We're adjusting to the injuries and the players that we’ve lost pretty well now. We're just looking to build with that."

Auburn won its first SEC game then lost its next three. Then came the wins against Kentucky and Alabama.

"In that stretch of losses we found it in us just to go out and play hard," Harris said. "We needed to get back to that, just defend and guard. No matter the outcome, we need to come out of the game satisfied that we went out and played hard.

"At Vanderbilt, I felt like we gave a great effort. Then the next games after that, Kentucky and Alabama, I thought we were able to defend well and play as a team and the outcome was just in our favor."

Harris has added to his game as well with longer shots.

"It has just opened up another part of my game," he said. "Teams have scouted that I'm getting my points around the basket, so being able to knock down the outside shot is going to open things up to give me different options of scoring and really open up my overall game of being able to score the ball and even helping other guys get involved."

Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at Follow him on Twitter:


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