Tulane @ Auburn (men)
Auburn wins, 78-53.
Jake Drum is in.
FOURTH TO (of the second half) @ 3:40
Auburn leads, 71-52. The Tigers must be shooting 60% or better this half. They look like a very good basketball team right now.
THIRD TO (of the second half) @ 6:14
Auburn leads, 65-51. Reed has been outstanding this half. He has scored 15 points. The Tigers are better than Tulane today -- that's the basic jist of what I'm seeing. Auburn gets more rebounds, makes better passes inside and is playing better defense.
SECOND TO (of the second half) @ 11:41
Auburn leads, 54-43. It was getting close there for a bit. Tulane had it down to five points. A pair of baskets from Speed Reed (a three and a layup) helped Auburn regain its composure.
FIRST TO (of the second half) @ 15:35
Auburn leads, 48-41. Tulane is playing better overall because McQueen, an Auburn High grad, is showing a lot of guile around the basket. He has scored seven points so far this half.
Shooting: AU -- 11-29 (37.9%); TU -- 10-28 (35.7%)
3 Shooting: AU -- 3-10 (30%); TU -- 2-12 (16.7%)
Rebounding: AU -- 24 (9o, 15d); TU -- 20 (7o, 13d)
Auburn leads, 40-27. The Tigers play very well during the final 15 minutes of the period. Stats upcoming.
FOURTH MEDIA TO @ 3:41
Auburn leads, 30-24. Big change in Auburn's favor. Not shooting all that well, but they're rebounding aggressively on the offensive end. That's leading to second-chance shots and free throws. Tulane still is having problems with the Tigers' defense.
THIRD MEDIA TO @ 7:38
Tulane leads, 22-20. Game was tied at 17 and 20. It's even. Auburn has missed four of its last six free throws.
SECOND MEDIA TO @ 11:09
Tulane leads, 17-12. Auburn has calmed. They actually cut the lead to one point, then let it get away again. Not sensing much offensive rhythm. The Tigers are being very aggressive with their man-to-man right now. Tulane is having a lot of trouble passing the ball.
FIRST MEDIA TO @ 15:39
Tulane leads, 12-4. DeWayne Reed was subbed out pretty quickly for Frankie Sullivan. He has scored three points already.
AUBURN CALLS TO @ 17:49
Tulane leads, 10-0. Not going well for the home team. They're sloppy and Tulane isn't.
TRIVIA NOTE: Mark Murphy of ITAT, my seatmate today, reports that he once saw the Rolling Stones play a double show here in the mid-1960s. Chuck Berry was the opening act. BEMC used to be a really nice arena.
YOUR AUBURN STARTERS
F/C -- Korvotney Barber, native Georgian
F -- Lucas Hargrove, he of South Carolina pedigree
PG -- DeWayne Reed, known to some as "Speed"
G/F -- Tay Waller, Georgian by birth
SG -- Tez Robertson of Cincinnati