Oct. 31, 2013
AUBURN FACES PAINE LIONS IN SECOND EXHIBITION GAME OF 2013-14
Auburn will play its second exhibition game of the 2013-14 season on Friday night when it faces Paine College at 7 p.m. at the Auburn Arena. Auburn won its exhibition opener, 109-67, over Victory University on Monday night behind Chris Denson's 21 points and a combined 25 points, 13 assists and two turnovers out of point guards Tahj Shamsid-Deen and Malcolm Canada.
AUBURN GAME NOTES
Auburn is in its 107th season of basketball and is 1,238-1,102-1 (.529) all-time.
Auburn opens the season on Friday, Nov. 8 against Nicholls State.
Head coach Tony Barbee
is in his fourth year guiding Auburn and his eighth season as a head coach overall
Auburn's coaching staff remains the same for a second straight season, with Ryan Miller
returning as the Associate Head Coach for a second season, Tony Madlock
and Milt Wagner
back for their fourth years as assistant coaches, Randall Dickey
back as the Director of Basketball Operations, Harper Williams
as the Administrative Assistant, Corey Speights
as the Video Coordinator and Steve Smith
as the Executive Director of Basketball.
SCOUTING PAINE COLLEGE
Paine College (Augusta, Ga.) participates in NCAA Division II and is member of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC).
Friday night's exhibition will be the first action of the season for Paine. Last season the Lions went 14-15 overall (10-8 SIAC).
Senior forward Jerel Stephenson is the leading returning scorer after averaging 12.1 ppg and 7.6 rpg last season. Senior guard Kenny Fluellen also returns after averaging 10.9 ppg.
Auburn will play two exhibition games prior to the regular season starting on Nov. 8. Auburn opened up its exhibition season with a 109-67 win over Victory University on Monday.
POINT, POINT, PASS!
Auburn's point guard duo of Tahj Shamsid-Deen and Malcolm Canada combined for 13 assists against just two turnovers in the exhibition opening won over Victory University. Shamsid-Deen scored 16 points as the starter on 6-for-8 shooting (4-for-5 3-pointers) with four assists while Canada chipped in nine points and nine assists off the bench to go along with his three steals. As a team, Auburn ended the exhibtion with 25 assists to 10 turnovers.
BIGGIE, BIGGIE, BIGGIE, CAN'T YOU SEE?
Auburn boasts two 7-footers on its roster in centers Asauhn Dixon-Tatum and freshmen Benas Griciunas. Add in freshman center Matthew Atewe, who is 6-9, and Auburn can put up one of the biggest front courts in the SEC. Kentucky also has two 7-footers while Alabama and LSU each has one.
Auburn's roster has an average height of 77.71 inches (6-5 3/4).
DUNK YOU VERY MUCH
Asauhn Dixon-Tatum finished the exhibition win over Victory with 14 points on 6-for-7 shooting. Of his six made field goals, five came on dunks. The senior center unofficially had 16 dunks all of last season.
POINTS IN THE PAINT
Auburn used its significant height advantage in its 109-67 exhibition win over Victory, scoring 58 points in the paint while alllowing just 16. Centers Asauhn Dixon-Tatum (14 points) and Benas Griciunas (15 points) combined for 29 points on a combined 13-for-15 (86.7 percent) shooting from the floor.
CD3 LEADS THE WAY
Senior shooting guard Chris Denson scored a game-high 21 points in the 109-67 exhibition win over Victory. He was 9-for-15 (60 percent) from the floor, including 2-for-5 (40 percent) from 3-point range.
Denson has a career scoring average of 8.8 ppg on 45.8 percent shooting and has scored in double-digits in 33 of the 70 games he has played in.
SEASON OPENER NOV. 8
The 2013-14 season opener will take place on Friday, Nov. 8, at 7 p.m. at the Auburn Arena when Auburn plays host to Nicholls State.
Auburn is 4-1 all-time against Nicholls State and on a four-game winning streak. The last meeting between the two teams came on Nov. 25, 2011, a 78-57 Auburn win at Auburn Arena.
BLUE DOWNS ORANGE IN SCRIMMAGE
The Blue Team, led by Chris Denson (18) and Asauhn Dixon-Tatum (18 points, 10 rebounds), came back from a 4-point halftime deficit to defeat the Orange Team, 59-50, in a scrimmage on Saturday afternoon. Denson scored 15 points in the second half, hitting all five of his field goals. Chris Griffin scored 19 for the Orange Team, hitting five 3-pointers along the way.
Auburn's roster includes eight newcomers in junior guard KT Harrell, freshman guard Dion Wade, freshman point guard Tahj Shamsid-Deen, freshman forward Alex Thompson, junior point guard Malcolm Canada, freshman center Benas Griciunas, junior forward Chris Griffin and freshman center Matthew Atewe.
TOUGH DECEMBER SLATE AWAITS
The month of December figures to be a challenging one for Auburn with games at Iowa State (Dec. 2) as part of the Big 12/SEC Challenge, vs. Illinois in Atlanta (Dec. 8), home vs. Clemson (Dec. 19) and home fs. Boston College (Dec. 22). The games against both Illinois and Boston College are rematches from a year ago, with Auburn falling to Illinois by two points and Boston College by just one.