March 20, 2009

Auburn dispatches Tulsa; one win from N.Y.

Korvotney Barber watched most of Auburn's game from the bench.

And he liked what he saw as the Tigers rolled to a 74-55 win over Tulsa in the second round of the National Invitation Tournament at Beard-Eaves-Memorial Coliseum Friday night.

Foul trouble limited Barber, AU's second-leading scorer and leading rebounder, to nine points in 13 minutes but Auburn (24-11) was never challenged by the Golden Hurricane, leading by double-digits for the entire second half.

he had nine points in 13 minutes - that's pretty good work. I told him after the game he didn't even need to shower. He could just go ahead home - he didn't even sweat."

The win moves Auburn to the quarterfinals of the NIT where they will play the winner of Saturday's game between Virginia Tech and Baylor. Tip-off for Tuesday night's game at Beard-Eaves is set for 6 p.m. CT with the winner advancing to the NIT Final Four at Madison Square Garden in New York.

"I told them country boys we've never been to New York," Lebo said. "It would be a nice treat for them."

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