Written by Jeremy Brown, Contributor to Gatorsfirst.com
Holy crap, did you see that Dan Werner left hand slam?! I did, after checking twice to see if it was really Chandler. By my count, that was Dan's third slam of his career, but first over a defender. Considering all the recent debate over Dan I figured I would start with that, but as for the rest of the game:
The Gator Men's Basketball team beat Auburn last night 78-70 in a game that was closer than it should have been. A good win for the Gators no matter how you look at it, especially after last week. A lot of good came out of the game with the gators improving in areas that have been lacking recently.
Auburn fouls A LOT (avg 20 fould per game). Not even just a few of their players, its a team effort. At one point in the game, I thought they were going to reach 30 fouls without having anyone foul out. We were in the double bonus with over 10 minutes left to play in the second half. This would have been a big problem last week with the way we were shooting free throws, but we shot 32-40 for 80 percent on the line. The gators also improved on protecting the ball with15 assists to 8 turn overs.
As for individual stats, Walker had 14 points without making any field goals. That stat tied Taurean Green Gator player without hitting a field goal. Chandler continued his solid play with 17 points, 6 rebound and 4 assists. He continued to make hustle plays and cut his hair again before the game (reason for poor shooting last year in my opinion). I wasn't impressed with our big men, Auburn had nothing down low and we still seemed to struggle getting the ball inside and shooting. Along with the nasty left hand slam from Werner, he put up 9 points, 4 rebounds 2 assists and a block.
We continue a string of must win games this Saturday against Ole Miss at noon. The game will be CBS.
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