December 21, 2007

Short-handed Tigers return to action

Auburn continues its homestand Saturday afternoon as Alabama A&M visits Beard-Eaves Coliseum.

The Tigers, 6-2 and riding a two-game winning streak, continue to be dogged by injuries and attrition and will once again enter the game with just seven scholarship players.

The latest casualty is senior guard Archie Miaway, who did not regain his eligibility after missing the first eight games of the season due to academics. Miaway will remain in school and practice with the team but his AU career is likely over.

Both center Boubacar Sylla (ankle) and forward Lucas Hargrove (broken hand) remain out with injuries. Sylla, who's played in just three games, may sit out the rest of the season and apply for a medical hardship waiver.

Hargrove is out until at least the start of SEC play Jan. 10.

Auburn lost forward Josh Dollard at the beginning of the season for undisclosed medical reasons while forward Quan Prowell recently returned from a five-game suspension.

"We have found ways to win," said head coach Jeff Lebo. "That has been the best thing. We have competed. With our lack of depth, we have found ways. These kids have been iron men."

One of those iron men has been guard Quantez Robertson who is averaging an SEC-high 37.4 minutes per game.

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