Tigers honored at Auburn Basketball awards banquet
April 10, 2016

AUBURN, Ala. – Graduate student Tyler Harris was presented the most prestigious award, the Paul Lambert/Tommy Joe Eagles Memorial Trophy for Leadership, as the Tigers were honored at the 27th annual Auburn Basketball Awards Banquet Sunday at Auburn Arena.

The Lambert-Eagles Memorial Trophy is given in memory of Auburn’s 15th head basketball coach, Paul Lambert, who died in a hotel fire on June 6, 1978, in Columbus, Ga., and Tommy Joe Eagles, who died unexpectedly of a heart attack on July 30, 1994, two months after becoming the head coach at New Orleans.

Harris ranked 19th in the SEC averaging 13.9 points, ninth in the league with 7,7 rebounds and had eight double-doubles, tying for fourth in the SEC. Scoring his 1,000th point at Vanderbilt on Jan. 12, Harris recorded his first career double-double with 23 points and 12 rebounds vs. Colorado. The Dix Hills, N.Y., native had 21 points on 3-of-3 3fgs and 11 rebounds in the win vs. No. 13 Kentucky.

Senior Jordon Granger won two awards, the Sonny Smith Most Outstanding Teammate and the SEC Community Service Team. The St. Louis, Mo., native averaged 6.3 points over the last 20 games and notched his first career double-double with career-highs of 18 points on 4-of-7 3fgs and 11 rebounds in the win over Georgia.

Freshmen Horace Spencer garnered a pair of awards, the Most Improved Player and Outstanding Defensive Player. The Philadelphia, Pa., native averaged 5.1 points, 4.9 rebounds and 2.1 blocks in 18.1 minutes. Ranking third in the SEC in blocks, his 65 blocks are the fifth most in a single-season in Auburn history. Spencer had the game-saving block with 1.8 seconds left in the season-opening 75-74 win over UAB.

Freshman Bryce Brown was honored twice with the Sixth Man Award and John Mengelt Free Throw Award. The Stone Mountain, Ga., native set an Auburn freshman record with 78 made 3-pointers, tied for seventh on the Tigers’ single-season 3s made list and was fourth in the SEC with 2.6 made 3s per game. Averaging 10.1 points in 24.7 minutes while shooting 82.6 percent from the foul line, Brown became the first Auburn freshman to average in double figures in 10 years. He scored a career-high 27 points and was one made trey shy of the Auburn record with 9-of-14 3s in the win at Arkansas.

Senior Cinmeon Bowers, who was presented the Iron Tiger Award, just missed averaging a double-double with 10.5 points and ranking second in the SEC with 9.6 rebounds. His 14 double-doubles ranked third in the SEC and his 28 career double-doubles are the fifth-most in Auburn history. The Racine, Wis., native had a career-high tying 20 points and 18 rebounds in the win over Alabama and notched 19 points and 19 rebounds at Middle Tennessee.

Junior T.J. Dunans earned the Mike Mitchell Courage Award after averaging 11.6 points, 3.4 assists, 2.5 rebounds and 1.6 steals while starting 14 of 16 games. The Atlanta, Ga., native hurt his left knee a second before the half in the Harvard game in Hawaii on Dec. 23 and missed 15.5 games. Dunans scored 20 points each vs. New Mexico in Hawaii and vs. Northwestern State.

Senior Cole Stockton was honored with the Bill Lynn Academic Award while majoring in Biomedical Sciences/Health Services Administration. The Auburn, Ala, native played in eight games and scored three points on a trey vs. Tennessee in the SEC Tournament. He had two points and a rebound and was a vital scout team member.

Sophomore Trayvon Reed was presented the Coaches’ Award after redshirting this season. He played in 23 games last season and had a career-high eight rebounds in 12 minutes vs. Winthrop and had four points, five rebounds and a career-high five blocks in the win vs. Xavier.

Auburn defeated No. 13 Kentucky, Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia and Arkansas in the same season for the first time in 48 years and snapped an 18-game losing streak to the Wildcats and an eight-game losing streak to Tennessee. The Tigers defeated Kentucky and Alabama in consecutive games for the first time since 1967 and only the third time in 110 seasons of basketball.

The Tigers sold out of season tickets for the second consecutive season and their 90 percent capacity attendance of Auburn Arena ranked second in the SEC behind Kentucky for the second straight year. Bowers, Granger and Jonathan Walker on scheduled to graduate this spring to make it 8-of-8 for seniors to graduate in Pearl’s two seasons at Auburn.

 

 

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