January 30, 2010

Tigers earn 58-57 win over Bama

Lucas Hargrove's free throw with 3.1 seconds left lifted Auburn to a 58-57 win over Alabama Saturday at Beard-Eaves-Memorial Coliseum.

Hargrove scored nine of AU's final 10 points including a layup and foul shot that cut the Tide's lead to 57-56 with 2:02 remaining. DeWayne Reed tied the game with a free throw with 12 seconds left before Hargrove sealed the win making the first of two attempts.

"It's a really big win," Hargrove said. "…Today we played hard and I think it's real big for the confidence of the young players on our team."

Reed, who had six turnovers in the game, stole the ball from Mikhail Torrance with five seconds remaining and found Hargrove racing to the basket. Hargrove missed the layup but was fouled by Justin Knox.

"We dug down deep and played aggressive," Frankie Sullivan said. "DeWayne Reed made a gutsy play by trying to steal the ball at halfcourt. Any other time, Coach Lebo would have gone crazy, but he got the steal."

Alabama, which missed its last three shots, had one final opportunity but Sullivan knocked the ball out of the hands of Knox after a full-court pass and the ball rolled out of bounds as time ran out.

"I just took another gamble trying to steal the ball," Sullivan said. "Usually I get a foul on that one so I'm glad they didn't call a foul."

Tay Waller had a big game with 20 points, five rebounds and four steals. The senior made 8-of-12 from the field including 3-of-7 from the 3-point line.

"This was one of my best overall games," Waller said. "It's about time. Everyone has been waiting on my offense and defense to come together and I think it did this game. It feels good."

The Tigers, which moved to 11-11 overall and 2-5 in the SEC, have won six of their last seven games against the Tide. Alabama fell to 13-8 and 3-4.

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