Originally created 01/19/98

Tigers roll over Bama



AUBURN, Ala. -- Regardless of the sport, something like this isn't supposed to happen in the Alabama-Auburn rivalry.

But it did, as Auburn hit its first seven 3-pointers en route to a rout over its archrival. It was the second-biggest win in Auburn's history and the worst loss in 84 years of basketball at Alabama.

Bryant Smith scored 16 points and Doc Robinson added 15 as Auburn (11-4, 3-1 Southeastern Conference) -- shooting 30 percent from 3-point range this season -- finished 14-for-21 from behind the line for its biggest win since a 120-67 victory over South Alabama in 1987. The 54-point margin fell just two points short of the record, a 64-8 victory over Mercer in 1906.

It was the fifth loss in six games for Alabama (9-9, 1-4) and couldn't have done anything but hurt the status of coach David Hobbs, who came into the season on the hot seat after two subpar years.