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November 7, 2008

Waller leads AU to exhibition win

Junior Tay Waller scored a game-high 27 points in only 21 minutes to lead Auburn to a 98-50 exhibition victory over Morehouse College in Beard-Eaves-Memorial Coliseum Friday. Waller made 7-of-12 shots from 3-point range as part of 10-of-16 shooting from the field while not playing the final 12:18 of the game.

Senior Quantez Robertson added 19 points making all four 3-pointers attempted, and had 10 rebounds and 5 assists in 31 minutes. DeWayne Reed had 14 points in 18 minutes, Johnnie Lett 8 points and 10 rebounds and Brendon Knox 7 points and 7 boards.

"Our effort was pretty good, and we did some good things with what we've been working on," Auburn head coach Jeff Lebo said. "We shot the ball pretty well from three, and Tay is going to make our percentage a lot better.

"The best thing about the exhibition game is that it gives us a chance to watch the film, devour it, break it down and show the guys our strengths and weaknesses."

Auburn led by as much as 51 on two occasions at 92-41 on a conventional Jake Drum three-point play with 3:56 left and then on a Drum layup for a 94-43 lead with 2:52 left. The Tigers pulled away in the final five minutes of the first half as they increased a 24-15 lead to as much as 46-19 before settling for a 46-22 halftime edge.

Waller scored 18 of his 27 points in the first half in 13 minutes on 4-of-7 three-point shooting and 7-of-10 shooting from the field.

"For the most part, obviously I played pretty well," Waller said. "Like the coaches said, I had a few mistakes on defense. Most of my shots were hitting today and so my teammates kept telling me to keep shooting so that's what I did. After the first two shots (were misses), I thought I was going to have an off game, but after the timeout, Coach Lebo told me to play within the offense.

"So after I came out and hit my third shot, I got my confidence back and it went on from there."

Auburn led 71-31 with 13:29 left in the game and the lead never dipped below 40 points the rest of the way. For the game, Auburn shot 51 percent from the field (39-of-76) and 46 percent from 3-point range (15-of-33) but was poor from the foul line shooting 36 percent (5-of-14).

Morehouse College was led by Kenney Boyd's 21 points and 10 rebounds as the Maroon Tigers were held to 36 percent shooting from the field, 22 percent from 3-point range and were outrebounded 47-35.

Auburn returns to action in its season opener against Missouri State next Friday at 7 pm Central in Beard-Eaves-Memorial Coliseum.

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