Pearl: Mason won’t play at Missouri after father’s death

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FILE – In this Nov. 14, 2014, file photo, Auburn head coach Bruce Pearl talks to his players during an NCAAA college basketball game against Milwaukee in Auburn, Ala. Auburn’s first-year coach is laboring through a season with a team that’s new to him, and largely new to each other, but says, “I really enjoy […]

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) – Auburn guard Antoine Mason could miss the Tigers’ final two regular-season games after his father’s death.

Tigers coach Bruce Pearl says he doesn’t believe there’s any chance Mason will play Tuesday night at Missouri, and he could miss Saturday’s finale against Georgia.

Former New York Knicks player Anthony Mason passed away Saturday after recent heart problems. Antoine Mason had flown to New York two days earlier to be with him.

Pearl says he and his staff are speaking and texting with Antoine every day.

Antoine Mason is a graduate transfer who was the nation’s No. 2 scorer last season for Niagara. He’s averaging 15.1 points for the Tigers.

Anthony Mason had been a regular presence at Auburn games and practices, offering counsel and encouragement to his son and other players.

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