The Auburn basketball team closed out its summer tour of The Bahamas with an
88-60 win over the Bahamas All-Stars in the Bahamas Basketball Federation
Summer of Thunder Tournament on Thursday. KT Harrell led Auburn with 21 points
while Chris Denson added 19. Asauhn Dixon-Tatum worked the boards for nine
rebounds on the night.
thought our defensive intensity and our defensive IQ was a little bit better
tonight," Auburn head coach Tony Barbee said. "We thought ahead, we were a
little more alert and a little more aware. Obviously offensively we didn't
shoot it quite as well but we didn't settle, we made plays for each other."
never trailed in the game, taking a 13-point lead (26-13) after the first
quarter, a 17-point lead at the half (41-24) and a 24-point lead after the
third quarter (66-42) before finishing up by 28.
did most of his damage in the second half, scoring 13 points after
intermission. The junior guard finished with three three-pointers on the night
while freshman Dion Wade hit two threes.
felt good to just go out there and do what I do and be a leader offensively,"
Harrell said, "I am an all-around player, it's not all about scoring. I try and
do everything I can to help the team win. Tonight I was definitely an offensive
threat and it felt good."
scoring attack was a balanced one. After Denson's 19, the next highest scorer
was Tahj Shamsid-Deen, who had nine points, while Allen Payne joined Wade with
Matthew Atewe and Benas Griciunas also had big nights on the boards, each
grabbing six rounds.
were strong on the perimeter," Barbee said. "We have guys that can make shots,
guys that can make plays. Our big guys were really productive too on the
glass. I think we have a good combination of big guys, guards and wings.
We have depth, good length and we have a chance to play a variety of different
the summer practice schedule now complete, Barbee and the team has used its
extra practice time to continue to bond.
summer has been really good for us," Harrell said. "As a team we have gotten so
much closer. This has been the best summer that I have been a part of as far as
camaraderie and how close we have gotten. This trip has helped us a lot.
Practice has been great, we have gotten better execution-wise. Everyone knows
what we are planning to do and our identity so this has been really good."
so than winning the two games it was the process of really laying the
foundation for this program," Barbee said. "This summer was huge, it was the
best summer we have had since I have been at Auburn in terms of the production
we have gotten out of everyone individually and how they have worked
collectively. We have really become a family."
team returns to Auburn on Friday.
Asauhn Dixon-Tatum – 2pts, 9 rebounds
KT Harrell – 21 points
Allen Payne – 8 points
Chris Denson, 19 points
Dion Wade – 8 points
Tahj Shamsid-Deen – 9 points
Matthew Atewe – 3 points, 6 rebounds
Malcolm Canada – 2 points
Chris Griffin – 7 points, 5 rebounds
Jordon Granger – 4 points
Benas Griciunas – 5 points, 6 rebounds
INFORMATION SOURCE: Auburn Athletics Dept.