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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Auburn loses at Florida 78-70, drops to 3-8 in SEC

Auburn lost its fourth straight road game, falling to Florida 78-70 in Gainesville, Fla., on Thursday night. The Tigers (12-14, 3-8 SEC) have lost 11 straight regular season games to the Gators, dating back to 1999.

Auburn hung tough in the first half, going into the locker room down 37-34. But it fell behind by as many as 11 in the second half.

Chandler Parsons led Florida (18-8, 7-4 SEC) with 17 points. Ervin Walker added 14, all at the free throw line. The Gators shot 40 free throws to the Tigers' 22. They made 32 of them.

DeWayne Reed led Auburn with 22 points on 7-for-12 shooting. He added six assists, four rebounds and two steals but also led the team with five turnovers.

Tay Waller added 13 points and a team-high seven rebounds. Brendon Knox had 10 points off the bench.

Frankie Sullivan
and Lucas Hargrove had off nights. Sullivan scored seven points on 2-for-11 shooting, including a 1-for-9 effort from 3-point range. Hargrove, who averaged 22 points his last two games, didn't make a field goal and finished with two points.

Auburn plays again Saturday at home against Arkansas at 7 p.m. ET.


ATCVX said...

Andy, do you get the sense that they're just playing out the season and making a big change once it's over? I gotta think that this is Lebo's last run at it. 6 years is plenty of time to build a winner and it just don't seem like it's going to happen with him. I certainly appreciate the clean program he's run but he's just not getting us to that next level.

Andy Bitter said...

I think there's a distinct possibility that Auburn makes a change, which would certainly be understandable considering the time Lebo's been given to turn things around. (I should note that I have no concrete information saying that is in fact the case.)

It should be noted that this team has not quit on Lebo, however. A lot of times that is the case when a coach's time appears to be running runs out. There's something to be said about that.