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Gators dispatch Auburn with ease

AUBURN -- Tony Barbee’s third Auburn team continued its slide into the abyss.

Price was one of the few bright spots for Auburn Saturday/Todd Van Emst picture

The latest team to run roughshod over the Tigers was No. 7 Florida, which cruised to a 83-52 win at Auburn Arena Saturday shooting 57.4 percent from the floor including 15-of-30 from 3-point range.

The 31-point differential is Auburn’s worst home loss since 1952. The Tigers have lost three straight SEC games and nine of its last 10 to fall to 9-16 overall and 3-9 in the conference.

"We are still fighting and playing hard. It is not like we have been blown out in all nine games,” Auburn coach Tony Barbee said. “...Obviously this isn't horseshoes and hand grenades. We aren't here to get close. We are here to win.

"Today, we just ran into a buzz saw in one of the best teams in the conference. It is what it is. We have to figure out how to play these last six games, four of which are at home, with a little more confidence.”

Auburn had just two players in double-figures as the Tigers shot 35.2 percent from the floor and made just 4-of-16 3-pointers. Chris Denson led Auburn with 13 points while Jordan Price scored 12 off the bench.

“This is one of the best leagues in the country, and it is no secret that this was a severe rebuilding job when I took it. I knew that. When you take one of those jobs in a league that is this good and this deep, it is not an overnight fix,” Barbee said.

“...I think we have a lot of talented but inexperienced guys in this program that we have to get better. I am really excited about the group we have coming. Where we are starting and where the top of the league is, is a big gap. We are trying to close that gap."

Senior Rob Chubb played just 12 minutes, sitting out the entire second half. Senior Frankie Sullivan logged 19 minutes coming off the bench for the second-straight game and scoring eight points.

“If I knew the answer I would try to fix it right away, because it's getting to a point that it's getting redundant and embarrassing after every game. That's not what you want from your career,” Sullivan said.

Florida was led by guard Mike Rosario with 22 points, 18 of which came in the first half, Michael Frazier, who scored 18 off the bench, and Kenny Boynton with 16.

Scottie Wilbekin added six points and 10 assists for the Gators, which improved to 21-3 overall and 11-1 in the SEC.

Auburn returns to action Wednesday night as Texas A&M visits Auburn Arena. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. CT.

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