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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Auburn hoops loses to South Florida 61-49, but Frankie Sullivan returns from knee injury

The Auburn men's basketball team lost 61-49 to South Florida in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday night, but the Tigers got a surprise return from guard Frankie Sullivan.

It was South Florida's first win against an SEC opponent since 1995. Jarrid Famous led the Bulls (6-5) with 15 points.

Andre Malone scored 18 points and Earnest Ross 11 for Auburn (3-6).

But the Tigers welcomed back Sullivan, who underwent left knee surgery on July 27. Although Auburn didn't explicitly rule the junior out for the season, he wasn't expected to contribute until the 2011-12 season.

Sullivan, the team's leading returning scorer (12.7 ppg) and rebounder (3.7 rpg) from last season, went 1-for-3 from the field and scored all four of his points on a four-point play just before halftime. He added two steals and two assists.

Auburn plays again Saturday at home against Presbyterian. Tipoff is 8 p.m. ET.


scottie burns said...

nice. Nice 2 have Frankie back. God knows we need him.

Justin said...

I guess redshirting Frankie wasn't an option, because otherwise I figured they'd just call this season a wash and save him up for next year and the year after. Great to have him back, though.

AB, what's going on with Varez Ward? I guess he has to sit out a year because of the transfer? Can Auburn put a redshirt on him or is he going to lose a year of eligibility? How many does he have left?

Andy Bitter said...

I'm not sure if Ward was ever declared eligible to play this season.

His bio on the Auburn website says he received a medical redshirt for this season, so when he'll return next season, he'll be a junior with two years left.

Andy Bitter said...

Check that, it says he received a medical redshirt last year at Texas, but you can't get another redshirt year unless the NCAA approves (which usually requires two different injuries). I still think it means he's a junior next season with two years left.