AUBURN – Auburn’s basketball team never quite figured out how to cope with Samford’s Princeton-style offense on Friday night and couldn’t overcome a record barrage of 3-pointers.
Auburn's Andre Malone, Samford's Josh Davis were game's leading scorers/Todd Van Emst photo
The Bulldogs from up the road in Homewood hit more 3-pointers than any team ever has in a basketball game at Auburn. And the Tigers remained winless in the glittering new Auburn Arena, falling 79-68 in the four-team Global Sports Hoops Showcase.
Auburn fell to 0-2 on the season. Samford improved to 2-1.
Sophomore guard Andre Malone had a career night, scoring 28 points. But it wasn’t enough to overcome the wide-open 3-pointers and backdoor cuts that came from Samford’s offense.
“We have to have more heart out there,” Malone said. “We didn’t talk. We have to rebound and talk, play hard-nosed defense.”
Josh Davis scored 30 points for Samford, hitting 8-of-10 3-pointers. Malone hit 6-of-10 3-pointers for Auburn.
The Bulldogs went on a 15-2 run to take a 65-52 lead with 6:27 left. Auburn fought back to 70-63 but could get no closer.
“I said to my team after the game that I know how disappointed they are, because I know how hard they work,” Barbee said.
Samford heated up early and never really cooled off. The Bulldogs hit 18-of-32 3-point shots and hit 26-of-45 overall from the field for 57.8 percent.
“The attention to detail, the discipline and the communication you have to have on the floor wasn’t there tonight,” Barbee said. “Give Samford credit. They did a great job of executing their offense, and they knocked down shots when they were open. But we can’t let a team shoot almost 60 percent and expect to win.”
Auburn plays Campbell, a 97-90 winner over Middle Tennessee State on Friday, today at 4:30 p.m.