Sunday, January 14, 2007

LSU Beats Auburn on at P-MAC

Coach John Brady's LSU basketball team extended its 17-game SEC home winning streak to 18 games with a hard earned 65-63 win over Auburn. Auburn took a 7-0 lead in the game, but LSU fought back and took a 17-16 lead with 13:00 to play in the first half. After taking a one-point lead, LSU went over six minutes without scoring and trailed 22-17 with 7:14 to play in the half. Auburn held a 30-19 lead with under four minutes to play in the half, but LSU cut the lead to 32-28 on two three-point shots and one free throw. LSU came out fired up to start the second half and tied the game at 36-36 with 17:31 remaining. The lead changed three times and there were four ties during the next 10 minutes of the game with LSU leading 49-47 with 7:26 to play. LSU led by as many as five points four times in the second half, but Auburn kept fighting back and trailed by only two points, 61-59, with 1:43 to play in the game. That was as close as the Auburn Tigers would get. LSU played hard the entire game, but turnovers and bad shot selections kept Auburn in the game. John Brady is going to have to get more production from the point guard position and from Darnell Lazare and Magnum Rolle if the Tigers are going to make a return trip to the NCAA tournament. LSU was led in scoring by Terry Martin with 23 points hitting on eight of 16 shots. Tasmin Mitchell, who sat out most of the first half with three fouls, scored 12 points. Glen Davis did not play one of his better games on offense but scored 11 points and pulled down 11 rebounds. With the win, LSU's season record improved to 12-4, 1-1 in the SEC. LSU's next game will be Wednesday night, January 17, against Ole Miss at LSU.

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