Auburn Sports Review: January 23
Bruce Pearl celebrating after Men's Basketball's 84-64 win over Alabama on Saturday Evening. (Photo: Auburn Athletics/Wade Rackley)
The weekend in Auburn Athletics began on Friday, with a road trip for Auburn Gymnastics to Kentucky. Auburn had their best performance of the season on beam, scoring 48.95. Abby Milliet scored 9.875, with Samantha Cerio bringing in a 9.8. Auburn ultimately fell to Kentucky, 197.100- 195.800. Gracie Day set a career record with a 9.85 on the bars, and Lucia Scaglione 9.8 on the floor tied a career best. Auburn hits the road to face Florida next Friday. Auburn Men's Basketball earned a key SEC win over the weekend, by defeating Alabama, 84-64 Saturday inside Auburn Arena. The game began slow, as each team could only score 30 points heading into the locker room at halftime. However, a three-pointer at the 8:57 mark in the second half by Mustapha Heron began an Auburn hot streak, which led them to pull away from Alabama, and onto a 20-point win. Austin Wiley had the best game of his young career on Saturday, scoring 20 points and bringing in 9 boards. That performance led him to SEC Freshman of the Week Honors for the first time this season. Auburn moves to 13-6 on the season, 3-4 in SEC play. Next up for the Tigers is a road match with South Carolina on Tuesday. Coverage begins at 5 PM on the Auburn Sports Network, heard locally on Tiger 93.9. Auburn Women's Basketball fell to Kentucky on Sunday, 64-60. Auburn kept the game close throughout the game, but Kentucky was able to keep the Tigers away by out-shooting Auburn 46% to 37%, and by taking advantage of Auburn only shooting 2-17 from the three-point line. Brandy Montgomery led the team in shooting with 22 and had 8 rebounds. Auburn faces Missouri on Thursday at 6:45 on Tiger 93.9. The long search is over. Head Coach Gus Malzahn announced Saturday that Chip Lindsey will now serve as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach of the football program. Lindsey, who was an offensive analyst for Coach Malzahn and the Tigers during the 2013 season, comes back to the Plains from Arizona State. In the introductory press conference. Malzahn told reporters that Lindsey will run the offense completely, and will be in charge of developing the many talented quarterbacks that Auburn has on their roster. In other athletic news, Men’s Tennis defeated Central Florida, 4-3 to open the season, while Women’s Tennis picked up three key wins over Samford, ULM, and Georgia State. Men’s Track and Field finished second in the Auburn Invitational, scoring 112 points and setting 10 personal bests. Finally, Auburn Swimming and Diving split their Saturday meet with Florida. Auburn women downed the Gators 197-103, while the men fell 163-137.