Auburn basketball: Tigers dominate in first win in Italy

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Bruce Pearl had no interest in live streaming any of Auburn’s games as the Tigers made their way through Italy.

“No. No,” Pearl said. “No, I got a new team and I’m not interested in showing any of early opponents what we’re doing.”

Auburn basketball practiced 10 times in the weeks leading up to its Aug. 6 departure. During that time freshmen Chuma Okeke and Davion Mitchell got their first taste of college basketball and Horace Spencer started to make a strong return after a shoulder injury. Meanwhile, Austin Wiley watched all the action unfold from the sideline (stress fracture).

And even as the rising sophomore star would miss all of the action in Italy as he recovers from an injury suffered at the FIBA World Cup, the anticipation for international travel and play heightened.

“I think they’re excited about it. I think they’re appreciative. I think they’re grateful,” Pearl said. “I think they know the opportunity that Auburn is giving them and that’s unique and special and look forward to representing and look forward to seeing another part of the world.”

Auburn showed just how appreciative it was during its first game in Rome, with a dominant victory over Stella Azzurra HSC. Rising sophomore Mustapha Heron and Desean Murray each scored 13 points to lead Pearl’s squad.

And while Pearl had no interest in showing off his new team, the Auburn basketball Twitter account did capture some highlights from the first half of the Tigers’ initial game overseas.

Here’s a look at Auburn’s schedule for the coming days.

Wednesday, August 9- Rome
Time: 6:30 PM
Site: PalaHoney Casal Palocco Address: Via di Macchia Saponara, 151, 00125
City: Rome
Team: HSC/Stella Azzurra

Friday, August 11- Florence
Time: 6:30 PM
Site: Palazzetto Sandro Pertini Address: Via Sandro Pertini City: Ponte Buggianese
Team: BC Silute (Lithuania)

Sunday, August 13- Venice
Time: 8:30 PM
City: Pordenone
Team: Veneto Select

Monday, August 14- Milan
Time: 7:00 PM
Site: Palazzetto di Costa Masnaga Address: Via Verdi, 23845
City: Costa Masnaga
Team: Italy All Star

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