TAMPA – Junior guard Frankie Sullivan made a surprise return to the court, but Auburn’s basketball team mustered little offense and fell 61-49 to South Florida at the Sun Dome on Wednesday.
Frankie Sullivan's return was a surprise/Todd Van Emst photo
Auburn fell to 3-6 on the season. South Florida improved to 6-5.
After falling behind 17-6, the Tigers went on a 13-0 run to take a 19-17 lead with 6:59 left in the first half. But they went cold and didn’t score again until Sullivan’s 4-point play with one second left in the half to cut South Florida’s lead to 28-24. Sullivan, who underwent knee surgery on July 27 and was expects miss the entire season, did not score again.
South Florida outrebounded Auburn 40-28. The Tigers shot just 34 percent from the floor.
“It looked like they had men on the floor and we had boys on the floor,” Auburn coach Tony Barbee said. “We have a way to go there. It’s not how big you are, it’s the size of the fight inside of you.*”
The Tigers scored only four points in the first 7:30 of the second half and fell behind 39-28. They didn’t closer to 39-33 the rest of the game.
Auburn returns home for the first time in almost two weeks to play host to Presbyterian on Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Auburn Arena.