SEC: Price hits 3s, Auburn defeats Tennessee Tech

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) – Jordan Price scored 12 points and pulled within distance of threatening the NCAA record for consecutive made 3-pointers as Auburn defeated Tennessee Tech 81-62 on Tuesday night. The victory pulled Auburn (5-5) to .500 for the first time since a one-point loss Nov. 21 at Boston College. Tennessee Tech (6-5) has lost two of its past three games. Price was 3 for 3 from behind the arc, making him 11 for 11 in his past three games. Each of his 3-pointers came in the first half, and he committed a technical foul for taunting after the last. The freshman was quickly benched, but he returned shortly. The NCAA record for consecutive made 3-pointers is 15, set by Northwestern's Todd Leslie in 1990.
Price's long-range shooting, though, wasn't the primary highlight Tuesday. Auburn junior guard Chris Denson caught a pass near half court in the first half and raced for the basket. Tennessee Tech's 6-foot-5 guard Matt Marseille measured his steps and went up for a block attempt, but Denson dunked it over him. Denson finished with 20 points, his third straight double-digit scoring game since returning from academic ineligibility. Senior guard Josh Wallace had 11 points, seven assists and three steals. Senior guard Jud Dillard led Tennessee Tech with 22 points and added seven rebounds, while junior forward Dennis Ogbe had 14 points and seven rebounds. Auburn closed the first half on a 12-3 run, extending its lead to 38-21 at the break. The Tigers got 19 points from freshmen - Price with 12 and Shaq Johnson with seven - in the opening 20 minutes. Tennessee Tech did not pull within single digits in the final 20 minutes. © 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.


More Sports

HIGH SCHOOL SWIMMING

Northgate, Newnan finish among top five at 29-team Tribal Challenge

East Coweta hosted its largest field in history for Saturday’s ninth-annual Tribal Challenge held at the Summit Family YMCA in Newnan ... Read More


High School Basketball

Heritage School, Northgate girls earn victories

The Heritage School wrapped up a string of three impressive victories in GISA Region play last week by thumping Griffin Christian 56-17 on t ... Read More


High School Basketball

Central Christian teams sweep East Central

Central Christian basketball teams continued to stay atop the Alabama-Christian league standings on Friday while making quick work against l ... Read More


High School Basketball

Hawks get back in 1-AAA standings with win over Lions

Heritage School head boys basketball coach Rusty Evans may have kept his troops in the locker room a little longer than usual after last nig ... Read More


High School Swimming

Heritage sets state times, earn seven victories

Heritage School swimmers continued to thrive on quality rather than quantity this season while turning in seven first-place finishes at Wedn ... Read More

Heritage School girls clamp down defensively in win over Trinity

Heritage School’s girls basketball team prides itself on playing stingy, tenacious defense. It’s the blueprint head coach Derric ... Read More