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Auburn falls in first round of SEC tournament

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

The Auburn Tigers fell just short of a miraculous SEC Tournament win, dropping their opening round game to Texas A&M, 71-62.

The loss means Auburn ended the season losing 16 of their last 17 and 10 in a row.

Frankie Sullivan led the Tigers with 19 points, and former Shaw Raider Chris Denson added 15.

Auburn had to deal with Aggie standout Elston Turner, who was questionable going into the game with a broken pinkie, but led all scorers with 22 points.

Tony Barbee is still winless at the SEC tournament in three trips, and as a program, Auburn is 0-11 in their last 11 trips.

A three-pointer from Noel Johnson with 16:15 to go in the first half gave Auburn a 13-10 lead, but Texas A&M answered with a 15-0 run to lead 24-10 with 11:28 to play in the first half.

Auburn kept it close, and a three-point play from Denson with 11:16 to play tied the game at 47, but then A&M answered with a 9-2 run to take the lead for good.

The Tigers shot 40 percent from the field and were outrebounded 36-24.

With the loss, Auburn finishes the season 9-23 overall, 3-16 in the SEC.

Jonathan Huskey

Jonathan comes to News 3 from Fort Smith/Fayetteville, Ark., where he anchored weekends and reported during the week on some of the best high school sports in the state. More>>

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