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Victor Robbins had his best game yet on Monday; can he claw out another big game against the Auburn Tigers?
Victor Robbins had his best game yet on Monday; can he claw out another big game against the Auburn Tigers?
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Oregon St. (3-1) vs. Auburn (2-2) / MGM Grand Hotel / 6 PM PST / ESPN3 / KEJO 1240 AM / KEX 1190 AM

Game Notes / Auburn Game Notes

Oregon St. and Auburn meet for the first time ever, in the undercard for the MGM Grand Main Event Heavyweight Tournament, this evening in Las Vegas, before heading home for Thanksgiving.

That because both the Beavers and the Tigers took double digit losses Monday night in the first round of the Heavyweight tournament.

Oregon St. was competitive for 3/4 of their game against Oklahoma St., but then the Cowboys rode a 20-3 run over 8 minutes from a 44 apiece tie at the 10 minute to go mark to a 66-53 win.

Victor Robbins had a career high 16 points to lead Oregon St., and is continuing to make a case for a spot in the starting lineup.

Auburn fond themselves down 7 to Tulsa at halftime, but posted only 14 points after the break, as the Golden Hurricane blew by the Tigers for the 53-35 win.

The Tigers were led in scoring by 6'7" junior Cinmeon Bowers, who had 17 against Tulsa, and averages 16.5 per game. 6'4" guard KT Harrell, who averages 16.5 ppg, and had 20 when Auburn played Colorado, but was held to just 2 points by the Tulsa defense, is the Tigers other main threat.

Prior to the Tulsa game, the only other significant test Auburn has had was the game at Colorado, and the Buffs trampled them 90-59.

It's one of the true win opportunities on the Oregon St. schedule this season, especially against a Power-5 opponent, though Auburn is probably headed for something approximating last year's 12th place finish in the SEC, after a 6-12 conference campaign, and a 14-16 season.

Andy_Wooldridge@yahoo.com