AUBURN, Ala. -- His defense wasn’t quite ready, so Auburn freshman guard Chris Denson found playing time sparse the first half of the season.
But given a chance in a blowout at Mississippi State in the middle of January, the left-hander from Shaw High showed he had a skill the offensively challenged Tigers desperately needed: He could score.
“My main mentality was to score, score, score and help my team to win,” Denson said. “Coach always says contribute to the team, so I try to contribute to the team by scoring offensively and doing what I do on defense.”Denson is starting to establish a foothold at the college level, providing an offensive spark off the bench for the Tigers (8-15, 1-8 SEC), who host Mississippi State (13-10, 5-4) tonight at 7.
The 6-foot-2, 180-pound reserve guard has averaged 8.3 points the past four games, scoring 10 at South Carolina and Georgia.
Saturday, February 12, 2011
Denson brings scoring burst off the bench
Auburn hosts Mississippi State tonight at 7 ET. To advance the game, I wrote a story on freshman Auburn guard Chris Denson, who played at Shaw High in Columbus. Here's how it starts: