Jeff Lebo said he was dreading the game because he wanted to win so bad for the fans and his players in the last game at Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum. Well the Tigers got it done over first place Miss. State (Western Division) with an 89-80 victory to move to 15-15 and 6-9. State, which played a very competitive game and is still in the hunt for an NCAA tourney berth, fell to 21-9 and 9-6.
Tay Waller was the story. He was six-of-11 from trifecta. He is a beautiful shooter, and Rick Stansbury, State's coach, called him one of the best three-point shooters in the country. He is something else. He's sank 27 3's in his last four games. Waller finished with 22.
Brendon Knox, like Waller, a senior, was huge too, pouring in 21 and pulling down seven boards.
DeWayne Reed and Lucas Hargrove, also seniors, scored 19 and 16 respectively. Hargrove also had seven boards. Auburn actually outrebounded State, 36-32. That's pretty good against Jarvis Varnado and company.
Dee Bost was terrific for State finishing with 25 points, all in the second half. He was five-of-nine from trifecta.
State jacked up 33 three pointers sinking 12, 36%. They rely on the three too much. They should go inside to Varnado more. He has much better shooting touch and can score down low. It hurts them some in games.
Auburn was 11-of-24, 45%, from three-point range; a good number.
AU now finishes up at Alabama on Saturday at 12:30. The game will be televised by the SEC Network-WTTO Birmingham.
Auburn was so close to having a good season this year with so many near misses. At least the seniors got to finish off their careers with a home victory in their final appearance at Beard-Eaves. It was great for the team and the fans as they move into the new arena next year.