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Auburn's Antoine Mason jumps back on the scoring track
Feb. 6, 2015

It's back to the future for Auburn's Antoine Mason

By Charles Goldberg

AUBURN, Ala Antoine Mason came to Auburn as the nation's leading returning scorer. 

Thursday night, he really delivered at LSU, helping the Tigers win their first road game of the season, and now coach Bruce Pearl says the transfer from Niagara will turn his scoring attention to trying to beat Ole Miss at 5:30 p.m. Saturday in Auburn Arena.

Mason scored 24 points in the 81-77 win at LSU, and did so much more, Pearl said.

"Antoine Mason had a dominating performance. He was tremendous in almost every aspect," Pearl said. "He maintained his patience offensively and made the shots he got. As soon as you could tell he was warm we went to him and he delivered. 

"He delivered with scoring, he delivered with passing, he delivered with rebounding, he delivered getting the last rebound in the free throw set, getting the 50-50 ball, getting the steal and doubling down. He just did it all. 

"Without Antoine Mason we don’t go to LSU and beat a team that has an RPI in the 30s."

Auburn, with KT Harrell scoring 28 at LSU, improved to 11-11 overall and 3-5 in the SEC. Ole Miss is 15-7 overall and 6-3 in the league. Auburn could be better, if he had held on at Alabama and Tennessee. But the Tigers did hold on in Baton Rouge.

"Antoine Mason was a big difference down the stretch…" Pearl said.

Mason averaged 25.6 points at Niagara last season. As a graduate, he transferred to Auburn was immediately eligible. He says he's feeling more comfortable every day.

"It's a different system. It's something I had to get used to," Mason said. "I was settling a little bit and not taking advantage of what I could do. The opportunities of me getting the ball were less than last year, but I watched film and saw where I could attack. When I got the opportunities (at LSU) to get the ball and create, I did what I did last year. I wanted to be aggressive and create for my team."

Mason said it was good to find his shot again.

"I got the opportunity and when I got the opportunity, I took over like I did last year," Mason said. "I just wanted to score and be able to create for my teammates. When they closed in on me I saw Cim (Bowers) slide down. I felt like when I have the ball in my hands, there is so much attention when I drive that I can create for other people."

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