Anthony Grant’s ‘difference maker’ in Auburn win might surprise you

Nobody scored many points in Alabama’s 55-49 beating of Auburn last night. One particular light-scoring Crimson Tide guard earned special praise from coach Anthony Grant.

Reserve junior Ben Eblen played 12 minutes, didn’t take a shot and had one free throw in a supporting role. But he did more than the stat sheet says.

“He could have been the difference in the game,” Grant said.

How is that?

“We were a little frustrated from an offensive standpoint with the way we were not having success offensively,” Grant said. “So I think Ben came in and he did a great job focusing on doing the things that we needed to do in the press from a defensive standpoint, attacking in terms of the tempo we wanted the game to played at.

“I thought he did a great job imposing his will on the game so to speak. He, to me, was huge tonight. He could have been the difference in the game.”

Eblen had one steal after entering the game with Auburn leading in the second half. The crowd was eager to see him shoot, but the junior hasn’t taken a shot since the road loss to LSU.

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