Dec. 29, 2007
AUBURN - Quan Prowell scored a game-high 25 points and tied a career-best with 11 rebounds to lead the Auburn (8-2) to a 79-59 victory over Towson (4-7) Saturday in Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum. However, the biggest lost of the day was junior Korvotney Barber, who broke his left hand six minutes into the first half. Barber was leading the nation shooting 72 percent from the field and averaging team-highs of 14.8 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.4 blocks.
"I feel really bad for Vot," said Auburn head coach Jeff Lebo of Barber, who will be out four-to-six weeks. "He has been playing really well for us. He is a great kid who works hard every day. He has been the pillar through all of the bad luck we've had. His improvement has been great. For our team, it is heartbreaking, and I feel for them. Obviously, it is an unbelievably difficult situation."
Prowell was one of three Tigers to score double-digits as Rasheem Barrett added 19 points and Matt Heramb chipped in 10. Prowell recored his second double-double in his five games this year and just missed matching his career high of 26 points, which he recorded against Ole Miss on March 3, 2007. His 11 rebounds were also a game high and equaled his career-best, which he set on Jan. 10, 2007, against Kentucky.
"We did some good things today," Auburn head coach Jeff Lebo said. "We missed some shots that we shouldn't have. Quan (Prowell) played well. We were nice and quick to start off the game. They tried to use the three-point line against us, but we were able to hold them off."
For the game, Auburn shot 47.6 percent from the field on 30-of-63 shooting. The Tigers set a season high in free throw shooting, hitting 82.4 percent (14-of-17) from the stripe. Towson shot 38.6 percent from the field, hitting 22-of-57 shots. The Tigers held a 46 to 27 rebounding edge over Towson, including a 14 to 6 advantage on the offensive glass. Auburn had a season-low nine turnovers after coming into the game averaging 17.2.
Holding a 14-point lead as the second half began, the Tigers never allowed Towson to mount a rally. After Towson's Jonathan Pease's layup cut the deficit to 12 at 40-28 to open the second half, the Tigers went on a short run to push the lead to 18 points at 48-30 at the 16:07 mark of the second half. The Tigers' lead would not dip below 15 points the remainder of the game as they notched their fourth consecutive victory and their eighth in nine games.
In the first half, Franklin Tolbert's three point basket at the 17:52 mark gave the Tigers a lead they would not relinquish after Towson scored the first basket of the game. Auburn led by as many as 19 points in the first half when Barrett's jumper gave the Tigers a 31-12 lead. The Tigers would maintain a double-digit lead throughout the remainder of the first half as they led 40-26 at halftime.
The Tigers return to action Wednesday when they play host to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at 7 p.m. Central.