As it turns out, the 68-50 loss Alabama handed Auburn was historic. No Alabama team had ever come to Auburn and won by such a wide margin.
The game turned on three first half technical fouls called on the Tigers. But Auburn coach Tony Barbee, owner of the third, didn’t make any excuses. The first two came on slam dunks refs determined Auburn players did too much hanging on the rim.
““Guys have to protect themselves when their legs are out from under them so the referees made the right calls,” Barbee said. “It had nothing to do with officiating. We just did not play well.”
Tiger Varez Ward said “there were some tough calls” in the first half while blaming turnovers for the turn of events.
Trevor Releford, who made all six technical free throws, saw a difference after the whistles.
“That is a big intensity change for their team and I think I just had to step up and make those free throws and put our team in position to win.”
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