Denson back as Tigers' break ends

Chris Denson will be available tonight for the first time this season/Todd Van Emst photo

AUBURN - With junior guard Chris Denson available for the first time this season, Auburn's basketball team will try to break free of a disappointing start tonight when Grambling visits Auburn Arena.

The Tigers are 2-5 with a 1-point loss, a 4-point loss and an overtime loss. They return to the court tonight at 7 after a 10-day layoff for final exams. Denson, who had a strong finish to last season and averaged 8.7 points per game, was academically ineligible for the first seven games.

“We had things that we could work on, and that was good for us," Auburn coach Tony Barbee said. "We got in some good practices and the guys cleared their heads and prepared for exams. We also were able to prepare on the basketball court to get better."

Auburn is 20-0 all-time against teams from the SWAC and 4-0 against Grambling, which comes into tonight's game 0-6.

"They are not a big team," Barbee aid, "but they are very quick and small and try to beat you off the dribble."

Auburn senior Frankie Sullivan will try to build on a torrid start. He leads the Southeastern Conference in scoring with 19.7 points per game. Center Rob Chubb averages 10.3 points and 8.4 rebounds per game.

Guard Terry Rose's 16.5 points per game leads Grambling, which has lost by 31, 33, 27, 26, 40 and 35 points.

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