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Auburn drops third straight game in 73-61 loss to Vanderbilt

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Frankie Sullivan scored 14 points in Auburn's loss at Vanderbilt Wednesday night. (abc3340.com) Frankie Sullivan scored 14 points in Auburn's loss at Vanderbilt Wednesday night. (abc3340.com)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Rob Chubb had 14 points and eight rebounds while Frankie Sullivan added 14 points and Brian Greene Jr. 11 points as Auburn lost 73-61 to Vanderbilt in Memorial Gymnasium on Wednesday.

Both teams were 9-of-24 from 3-point range, but Vanderbilt made all of its treys while pulling out to a 16-point lead with 11 minutes to play.

"Right now we are not playing really tough and we are not playing with a defensive identity and it is hurting us on both ends of the floor," said Auburn head coach Tony Barbee. "We go back home, and we have to get our mojo back because right now we don't have it."

Auburn made its first five shots, including a pair of 3-pointers by Shaquille Johnson and Jordan Price, to take a 12-4 lead five minutes into the game. Vanderbilt answered with a 10-1 run to regain the lead at 14-12. The Commodores scored six straight points, but Josh Wallace and Brian Greene Jr. made back-to-back 3-pointers to tie it at 27-27 with 3:17 left. Vandy scored the final seven points of the half to take a 34-27 lead at intermission.

Of Vanderbilt's first six second half field goals, four were 3-pointers as the Commodores took a 50-37 lead with 13:14 left after back-to-back treys from Sheldon Jeter and Kevin Bright. Vandy extended it to 52-37 to cap a 13-3 run with a Rod Odom dunk.

Auburn lost its third consecutive game to fall to 8-10, 2-3 in the SEC while Vanderbilt won its second straight to improve to 8-9 overall, 2-3 in the SEC.

Auburn outshot Vanderbilt 22-of-53 (.415) to 20-of-49 (.408), but the Commodores went 24-of-30 from the foul line while the Tigers were 8-of-9. Vandy outrebounded Auburn 37-29 and had an 11-4 edge in second chance points.

Kedren Johnson led a balanced Vanderbilt scoring attack with 15 points, seven rebounds and four assists while Kyle Fuller added 14 points, Kevin Bright 12 points on 4-of-7 three-pointers and Sheldon Jeter 10 points.

Auburn returns home to play host to Ole Miss on Saturday at 7 pm on FSN.

Source:  www.auburntigers.com

Team Stat Comparison

 
AUB
VAN
Points 61 73
FG Made-Attempted 22-53 (.415) 20-49 (.408)
3P Made-Attempted 9-24 (.375) 9-24 (.375)
FT Made-Attempted 8-9 (.889) 24-30 (.800)
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 26 (0/0) 14 (0/0)
Largest Lead 8 16

Southeastern Conference Standings

TEAMCONF W-LTOTAL W-L
#7 Florida 5-0 15-2
#24 Ole Miss 4-0 15-2
Alabama 4-1 12-6
#22 Missouri 3-2 14-4
Kentucky 3-2 12-6
Arkansas 2-2 11-6
Mississippi State 2-2 7-9
Vanderbilt 2-3 8-9
Texas A&M 2-3 12-6
Auburn 2-3 8-10
Tennessee 1-3 9-7
South Carolina 1-4 11-7
Georgia 1-4 7-11
LSU 1-4 10-6
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