Making his first appearance of the season, reserve guard Marquis Daniels scored 16 points and made 7 of 8 shots to lead No. 7 Auburn, which cruised to a 109-52 victory over Puerto Rico-Mayaguez last night in San Juan in the opening round of the San Juan Shootout at Mario Morales Coliseum.
The Tigers (8-1) won their sixth straight game since a loss to current No. 1 Stanford and didn't need any starter to play more than 19 minutes in running up their largest margin of victory of the season.
"We out-talented that team. We had more depth, more strength. We absolutely wore them down," Auburn Coach Cliff Ellis said of the Division II host school that didn't have a player taller than 6 feet 6. "This is a three-game tournament and we just didn't want anybody to get hurt."
Auburn will play Virginia Tech, which beat Illinois State 79-71, in a semifinal today.
Chris Porter had 16 points for Auburn, which led, 52-33, at the half. Auburn scored the first 10 points of the second half in a 15-1 run that made it 67-34 with 14 minutes 52 seconds to play.
Daniels was cleared by the school and the NCAA Clearinghouse last week but didn't play until this tournament because of a lack of practice time.
WAKE FOREST 70, ARKANSAS 64: Broderick Hicks scored 12 points, including four free throws in the final 31 seconds, and No. 23 Wake Forest prevailed on the road.
The Demon Deacons (8-1) never trailed after Hicks's two free throws made it 55-54 with 7:36 to play. His two points with 31 seconds left pushed the lead to 68-64, and he added two more foul shots to close out the scoring.
The Razorbacks (6-3) hurt themselves by making only 10 of 21 free throws.