The LSU Tigers (9-3, 1-3 away) began conference play against the Auburn Tigers (7-7, 6-3 home). Auburn is being lead by their senior guard Frankie Sullivan; he is leading the team in points per game and assists this season.
LSU’s bench man Shavon Coleman is leading the team in points 14.1 as well as rebounds 8.6. Johnny O’Bryant III is right behind him with 7.6 rebounds per game.
LSU started off slow in the first half but found themselves trailing 7-0 early in the game due to some quick buckets by Auburn’s Allen Payne. Anthony Hickey helped get the Tigers going with 7 points and 5 rebounds. Andre Stringer added two 3 pointers and a total of 8 points for the Tigers in the first half. Del Piero chipped in with 4 points 3 rebounds and 2 big blocks.
LSU settled down and got some stops defensively. Auburn cooled off and LSU played some great defense after the slow start. Although Auburn had control most of the first half the Tigers went into halftime leading the game 28-27.
Auburn went into the half and head coach Tony Barbee made some good adjustments and Auburn came out swinging. They took control of the 2nd half from start to finish and never looked back.
LSU could not get anything going consistently and let the 1-point lead diminish and never return. Auburn proved to be the better team tonight and outlasted the LSU Tigers.
Auburn was lead by Allen Payne’s 15 points 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Frankie Sullivan adds 10 points and 5 rebounds to help Auburn hold on and win their first SEC contest of the season.
LSU really looked sloppy the whole game, it did not seem like they were hitting on all cylinders tonight. Most of the guys looked out of sync and missed shots they have normally made this season.
LSU had two scores at 13 points for the game Andre Stringer, and Anthony Hickey, Hickey also added 5 rebounds and 3 assists.
Charles Carmouche pitched in with 12 points 6 rebounds and 7 assists off the bench but his spark alone was not enough to help the Tigers.
Auburn wins this contest 68-63 at home against the LSU Tigers.