By J.M. Comer
WASHINGTON, D.C. — With the Auburn vs. George Washington men’s basketball game two days old, almost three, The War Eagle Reader gives you something that you can’t get in that Associated Press story you read 48 hours ago.
Simply said: soul. Or procrastination. This story is filled, brimming with both.
I can tell you that Coach Lebo’s Tigers have hustle and fight. They came to the Verizon Center to win. I left the game impressed.
They were outsized by the George Washington Colonials but still fought hard for rebounds, coming up with 26 compared to GW’s 31.
And turnovers? The Tigers were playing like their arms were 7 feet long, sticking their paws in and disrupting passes. They came up with 21 turnovers and gave up 15. They got 21 points from those turnovers and 12 points from fast breaks. Hooray for hustle! Huzzah for hands!
The play was a little sloppy at times for both teams, but it is early in the season.
They need to work on their free throws, that’s for certain. I’m pointing my finger bone at Korvotney Barber and Frank Tolbert. The final score was 74-70, but it should have been 81-70. The game was closer than it should have been thanks to some missed free throws in the final few minutes.
Also something to worry about: ZERO points from the bench.
The Tigers were 3 for 18 behind the 3-point line for 16.7 percent. It felt like 3 for 180. They drained two 3-pointers in a row to start the game, but after that it was Brick City, U.S.A. The other 3-point basket came in the first five minutes of the second half. Then the 3-Point Fairy went West following the setting sun.
Hopefully, George Washington University can get its act together and win the Atlantic 10, helping an Auburn Tiger team that might be on the bubble gain some “quality win” points if it’s mulled during the Big Dance selection process.
I still think it was a quality road win. A better measuring stick for the Tigers will come against West Virginia tomorrow night in Birmingham. The Mountaineers are 5-1, with their only loss by 2 points to Bruce Pearl’s Tennessee Volunteers. (Once again, I love that coach. He had me at “I am your basketball coach … and we are going to kick Florida’s ass!” There, I said it.)
If anyone goes to the game please let The War Eagle Reader in on your post-game thoughts. We’ll be watching it via ESPN360.com or ESPN2.