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December 22, 2012

Price ties SEC, eyes NCAA 3-pointer record

AUBURN, Ala. — Tony Barbee is hard-pressed to remember the last time he’s had a shooter on fire like freshman Jordan Price is right now.

“Wow. I don’t think I have, not the way he is shooting right now,” Barbee said. “It’s not a surprise. He is shooting that way in practice and he works on it. Guys who don’t practice that way aren’t making shots, because they aren’t locked in. Jordan Price has been.”

Price has tied the SEC record with 11 consecutive successful three-pointers, going 4-for-4 against Grambling State, 4-for-4 against Furman and 3-for-3 against Tennessee Tech.

Four more in a row, and he’ll equal Northwestern’s Todd Leslie for the Division I record, set in 1990.

“My teammates are finding me, and I’m just letting it fly,” Price said. “They keep telling me to shoot, so I am going to shoot.”

Price and the Tigers (5-5) host Winthrop (4-5) tonight at 8 p.m., in a game televised by CSS. Auburn has won three straight games with Shaw product Chris Denson back on the court, and during Price’s shooting streak.

“He can shoot the ball. It is not a surprise. He has to mature in his game,” Barbee said of Price. “He is playing at a high level offensively. I just have to get him to do more things on this stat sheet.”

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