Auburn 81, Tennessee Tech 62
AUBURN, Ala. (AP)
The victory pulled Auburn (5-5) to .500 for the first time since a one-point loss Nov. 21 at Boston College. Tennessee Tech (6-5) has lost two of its past three games.
Price was 3 for 3 from behind the arc, making him 11 for 11 in his past three games. Each of his 3-pointers came in the first half, and he committed a technical foul for taunting after the last. The freshman was quickly benched, but he returned shortly.
The NCAA record for consecutive made 3-pointers is 15, set by Northwestern's Todd Leslie in 1990.
Price's long-range shooting, though, wasn't the primary highlight Tuesday.
Auburn junior guard Chris Denson caught a pass near half court in the first half and raced for the basket. Tennessee Tech's 6-foot-5 guard Matt Marseille measured his steps and went up for a block attempt, but Denson dunked it over him.
Denson finished with 20 points, his third straight double-digit scoring game since returning from academic ineligibility. Senior guard Josh Wallace had 11 points, seven assists and three steals.
Auburn closed the first half on a 12-3 run, extending its lead to 38-21 at the break. The Tigers got 19 points from freshmen - Price with 12 and Shaq Johnson with seven - in the opening 20 minutes.
Tennessee Tech did not pull within single digits in the final 20 minutes.