Auburn 82, Louisville 78
November 26, 1995
Championship -- Puerto Rico Shootout
Eugenio Guerra Sports Complex•Bayamon P.R.

Trailing by 22 points at halftime, Auburn roared back and outscored 13th-ranked Louisville 22-5 -- including 17 straight points in exactly four minutes -- over the last six minutes of the game to register an unbelievable 82-78 victory over the Cardinals to claim the championship of the San Juan Shootout. The Tigers, playing without starting point guard and All-SEC Moochie Norris and starting forward Chris Davis -- who did not make the trip to the tournament because Auburn is looking into questions about their eligibility, won their first holiday tournament in 10 years. It was the biggest comeback for a win in Auburn history. The Tigers outscored Louisville 55-29 in the second half after being down 49-27 at the half. Pat Burke and Ray Donald combined for Auburn's first 11 points of the second half -- the Tigers scored seven straight to start the half -- as Auburn closed the gap. Still, the Tigers trailed 73-60 when the run began at the 5:58 mark. Wes Flanigan made one free throw and then Pat Burke made two. Lance Weems drilled his first 3-pointer. Louisville then through the ball out of bounds and Derek Caldwell sank a trey. Caldwell made a steal, was fouled and drilled two free throws. The 17-point run ended with two more 3-pointers from Weems. Auburn led 77-73 and finished the game with free throws. In fact, the Tigers made 10 straight free throws down the stretch. Burke led Auburn with 18 points and 10 rebounds and was named to the all-tournament team. Caldwell and Flanigan scored 17 each and Weems had 13.

Louisville              FG-A     3FG-A   FT-A    REB    PF    TP  MIN    A    TO   BLK  S

Brian Kiser, F          4-11     2-9     0-0     2      2     10  29     1    5    0    3
Alvin Sims, G           3-5      1-2     5-6     6      4     12  29     4    1    0    2
B J Flynn, F            5-9      0-2     2-5     1      2     12  21     1    3    0    1
De Juan Wheat, G        6-15     3-6     0-1     7      2     15  34     5    3    1    3
Samaki Walker, C        6-6      0-0     0-0     10     5     12  25     1    4    4    0
Tick Rogers             0-1      0-1     0-0     2      1     0   17     0    2    1    0
Charlie Taylor          4-10     1-5     2-2     2      3     11  17     0    2    0    1
Matt  Akridge           0-0      0-0     0-0     0      1     0   2      0    0    0    0
Beau Zach Smith         0-0      0-0     0-0     1      2     0   15     1    2    1    1
Damion Dantzler         3-5      0-1     0-0     1      2     6   7      0    0    0    0
Totals                  31-62    7-26    9-14    42     24    78  200    13   22   7    11

FG%: 1st Half 19-34 .559, 2nd Half 12-28 .429, Game 31-62 .500; 3FG%: 1st Half 6-17 .353, 2nd Half 1-9 .111, Game 7-26 .269; FT%: 1st Half 5-7 .714, 2nd Half 4-7 .571, Game 9-14 .643; Team Rebounds: 11; Deadball Rebounds: 1.

Auburn                  FG-A    3FG-A    FT-A    REB     PF   TP   MIN   A   TO    BLK     S
Franklin Williams, F    3-7     0-1      2-3     4       1    8    33    0    3     1      1
Pat Burke, C            5-10    0-1      8-11    10      2    18   31    1    1     0      1
Lance Weems, G          4-12    3-10     2-2     4       3    13   30    0    2     0      3
Wes Flanigan, G         5-9     2-4      5-8     5       3    17   33    6    6     0      1
Ray Donald, G           1-3     1-3      2-2     1       1    5    15    2    4     0      3
Derek Caldwell          7-16    1-6      2-2     5       1    17   30    3    2     0      4
Phillip Thomas          0-1     0-0      2-2     0       2    2    7     0    1     0      0
Bryant Smith            0-1     0-1      0-1     0       1    0    5     0    0     0      1
Alvin Jefferson         0-0     0-0      0-0     0       1    0    2     0    0     0      0
Adrian Chilliest        1-5     0-1      0-0     2       2    2    14    0    0     0      0
Totals                  26-64   7-27     23-31   35      17   82   200   12   19    1      14

FG%: 1st Half 10-27 .370, 2nd Half 16-37 .432, Game 326-64 .406; 3FG%: 1st Half 1-11 .091, 2nd Half 6-16 .375, Game 7-27 .259; FT%: 1st Half 6-8.750, 2nd Half 17-23 .739, Game 23-31 .742; Team Rebounds: 4; Deadball Rebounds: 3.

SCORE BY PERIODS    1    2           F
Georgia Southern    49   29     --    78
Auburn              27   55     --    82

OFFICIALS--Dick Paparo, Ed Schumer, Juan Figueroo

Technical FOULS--None

ATTENDANCE--2,813

Last Modified December 1, 1995
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