March 2, 2013

Tigers can't work out of slump

AUBURN | Frankie Sullivan found Chris Denson streaking along the baseline and connected for an alley-oop with 9:52 remaining in the first half Saturday to give Auburn a 16-11 lead.

Then Auburn went 13 minutes without hitting a field goal, going 0-for-17 from the field until Denson made a two-pointer in the lane at the 16:13 mark of the second half.

By that time, Vanderbilt had a 31-19 lead, en route to a 62-55 win.

Auburn (9-20, 3-9 SEC) has lost 13 of its last 14 games and seven straight. The loss gives the Tigers their second 20-loss season during the past three years.

"I saw a lot of wide-open shots," coach Tony Barbee said. "I saw a lot of point-blank shots at the rim. I saw a lot of wide-open threes. We collectively fought harder. I thought we were engaged, I thought we were persistent defensively.

"But you're not going to win many games in this league shooting 35 percent from the floor and 16 percent from the three."

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