Knox Steps Up For Tigers

Brendon Knox

Junior college transfer Brendon Knox played a big role in Auburn's win over Arkansas Wednesday night.

Auburn, Ala.--The numbers won't blow you away for junior forward Brendon Knox. Playing 15 minutes, he scored just six points, pulled down four rebounds, and blocked two shots, but it was his presence that sparked the Auburn Tigers in the second half of Wednesday night's win over the Arkansas Razorbacks.

Trailing by nine early in the second half, Auburn freshman Frankie Sullivan nailed a three-pointer before Knox got to work. Hitting back to back baskets, including a follow dunk, Knox cut the lead to just two setting the stage for Auburn's comeback.

"It felt good to help my team offensively," Knox said. "I just do what they need me to do. I made some key shots to help bring us back."

Not normally a big part of Knox's game, his offense helped spark the Tigers Wednesday night. He also played solid defense against Arkansas big men Michael Washington and Michael Sanchez. The two played a combined 47 minutes and scored just 15 total points. Knox said it all started with the mindset of being physical.

With fellow junior forward Johnnie Lett out with a hurt ankle, it was up to Knox to pick up the slack. He did that and more, making Lucas Hargrove a huge fan of his following the victory and season sweep of the Razorbacks.

"It was real big and Brendon Knox played good," Hargrove said. "Real good. You can quote that.

"Over the last few years we've been lacking a real big inside presence," he added. "That's no knock on Vot (Korvotney Barber) because he's a McDonald's All-American, need I say more. When Knox plays we can get it going. He's such a big body down in there. There's not too much you can do with him when he plays as hard as he can. It's a big help to the team."

Wednesday's game was a coming out party of sorts for Knox. Entering the game he had played just 38 total minutes in seven conference games and scored a grand total of three points with nine rebounds. Coach Jeff Lebo said that his play against Arkansas is something he hopes the big man can build on as the Tigers head into the stretch run of SEC play.

"It's huge for Knox," Lebo said. "He's got a great opportunity with Johnnie out to play minutes for us. We talked to him today. This is vital for his development. He's a junior, a junior college kid, this is his opportunity right now to get in there and get his feet wet and play some good solid minutes for us. I thought he was terrific the time he was in tonight."

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