Chris Denson and Chris Griffin both had 20-point games as the Auburn basketball
team cruised to a 99-63 win over the Real Deal Shockers in an exhibition game
as part of the Bahamas Basketball Federation Summer of Thunder Tournament.
opened up a 63-31 halftime lead on the back of 10 first-half three-point
baskets, five of which came from Griffin, while Denson scored 21 of his
game-high 24 points in the first half.
have a lot of scoring pop everywhere," Auburn head coach Tony Barbee said.
"Chris Griffin is a guy is a guy that really can shoot the ball from range,
hitting six threes tonight and that's why we recruited him. He can really space
the floor, if you leave him open it's pretty much a layup. Chris Denson, is it
really a surprise that he went for over 20? You put him in a street game in the
park or you put him in a regular game like this and he has the ability to put
20 or more on the board every night."
was real fun tonight," Griffin said. "We have been working so hard this summer.
For me personally I haven't played Division I basketball in three years so I was
just happy to be out here, especially with these guys. I was on early and I
felt good. My teammates did a great job of finding me."
was up 28-20 at the end of the first quarter before busting out for 35 second
quarter points while holding the Real Deal Shockers to just 11 points in the
was great playing other competition. We got to beat up on someone else instead
of each other," Denson said. "We worked on a lot of things; defense, execution
and it was good to get out there and play."
have many players that could have that hot hand." Denson said. "Chris and I had
it tonight but tomorrow night it could be Tahj (Shamsid-Deen) and KT
point guard duo of Malcolm Canada (11 points) and Tahj Shamsid-Deen (9 points) also
combined for 20 points.
guys have had a very productive summer and they have worked their tails off in
the weight room," Auburn head coach Tony Barbee said. "Ten extra days of
practice are going to be invaluable as we look ahead to the real season. As the
first official unofficial game I am pleased with where we are. As I told the
guys in the locker room, we were sloppy in a lot of areas in our execution, we
were sloppy with our passing, but if we will play that hard and sacrifice and
play for each other the way we did tonight for the rest of the year, we have a
chance to be pretty good."
Auburn returns to the floor on Thursday night at 7pm ET when it plays the Bahamas All-Stars in its final exhibition game of the summer.
INFORMATION/PHOTO SOURCE: Auburn Athletics Dept.