February 25, 2009

Big 2nd half leads Tigers over Rebels

A 23-5 Auburn run to open the second half including two 3-pointers by Tay Waller in the opening minute helped the Tigers to a 77-64 win over Ole Miss Wednesday night at Beard-Eaves-Memorial Coliseum.

The Rebels led by as many as nine in the first half before an Auburn run that was capped by a running one-handed 3-pointer by Quantez Robertson at the buzzer to give the Tigers momentum heading into the break.

After trailing by four at halftime, Auburn outscored Ole Miss 41-24 in the second half.

"I thought that was a big one by Tez making that 3-point shot and obviously, the start that we got with Tay Waller in the second half gave us some nice momentum," AU head coach Jeff Lebo said.

Robertson took the inbound pass with 3 seconds remaining, dribbled down the court planning to take a running jumper. But an Ole Miss defender knocked the ball loose and Robertson managed to gain control with one hand as he was going up to shoot.

"That helped out a lot," Waller said. "They made a run right before that and we needed a little momentum going into halftime. Tez threw up that shot and it went in."

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