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Auburn Basketball Breaks Streak Over Pachyderm’s back, Beat Bama 74 55! – (Malzahn receives Iron Bowl Trophy)

By on January 30th, 2014 in Basketball 8 Comments »
-gallery3zip-451cc83946357673jpg-4dde2b675b6506ed - AU Celebrate beat bama

            Auburn players celebrate win over Bama with the student section. (photo:Julie Bennett,al.com)

Chris Denson and KT Harrell scored a combined 55 points tonight to help Auburn end their losing streak and defeat arch rival Alabama. The two Auburn guards matched the total points scored by the Tide as the Tigers broke the streak over the Pachyderms backs with a 19 point blow out 74-55 victory.

Auburn has had five close SEC losses this season – all coming in the last couple of minutes. However, it didn’t come down to the last few minutes this time as the Tigers dominated Bama, jumping out to a 12-0 lead right out of the gate.

Chris Denson had a career evening pouring in 32 points on the night; and he and Harrell pulled down 18 rebounds to boot. Bama was never in the game. It was a truly great way to end the team’s losing streak, especially coming against the Tide.

The highlight of the night came when Football Coach Gus Malzahn along with the team received the Foy-ODK Sportsmanship Trophy for winning this year’s Iron Bowl. The team was given a standing ovation by a full house.

-gallery2zip-80228b4881d863e8jpg-34b423809e4f50a0 - Julie BennetGus Malzahn told the fans, “I’m here to tell you, this trophy, it’s going to be around here a while. War Eagle!” His speech was 38 seconds, which was 37 seconds longer than it took to beat Bama back in November.

Traditionally the SGA president of the losing school in the Iron Bowl is present to sing the winning school’s alma mater during the trophy presentation. However, Alabama’s SGA president, Jimmy Taylor, was said to not be able to make the trip due to weather conditions. Not sure about that one myself. But hey, I wouldn’t have wanted to be there either … not after the 34-28 gut wrenching loss Bama suffered two months ago today.

His absence didn’t take away from the celebration though as the fans and the players sang the fight song together.

The victory over the Pachyderms brings Auburn’s overall record to 9-9 and 1-6 in the SEC while the Tide fell to 9-11 overall and 3-4 in the league. What a great night … Our trophy comes back home and the Tide suffers an embarrassing 19 point whipping. You can’t ask for much more than that.

War Eagle!

8 Comments

  1. DBAU81 says:

    BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    That is all.

  2. Tiger on the mountain Tiger on the mountain says:

    I figured if we lost, then Barbee would be shown the door today. Now we just have to wait for the inevitable……uuggghhhh

  3. domaucan1 domaucan1 says:

    A win over uat is a GREAT WIN over uat in ANYTHING! I caught some of the second half on ESPN3 and was happy for our team. They have had some heart breaking losses. They really seemed to be enjoying the moment!

    IT’S GREAT TO BE AN AUBURN TIGER !!!

    WAR EAGLE !!!

    GO BIG BLUE !!!

  4. Pine Mt Tiger Pine Mt Tiger says:

    It was a great night to be sure. But – –

    Bama’s SGA president not being there is pure chickens**t! If the team could make it, he or his representative should have been there. But I guess I shouldn’t be surprised coming from West Vance.

    • MyAuburn MyAuburn says:

      Weak, bull**it excuse about the weather. I bet he would have made it to any other event in the same conditions.

    • Third Generation Tiger Third Generation Tiger says:

      Very poor form. I expect nothing less from a representative of updyke u.

  5. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    …..I think Grant or Barbee will be gone after this season, and possibly both. The thing about this game is that everyone KNOWS that to beat Auburn, stop Harrell from getting good shots, keep Denson from driving towards the basket, and use your bench to hack some of Auburn’s big men that are hitting below 50 percent at the free throw line.

    …..And yet Alabama really didn’t change their strategy. I’d have gone matchup zone at times, man to man at times, and zone-press.