Feb 8, 2014; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; Auburn Tigers guard Chris Denson (3) and LSU Tigers forward Jordan Mickey (25) fight for rebound during the first half of their in game the at Pete Maravich Assembly Center. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

Strong second half by Johnny O'Bryant III lifts LSU past Auburn

The LSU Tigers got out of the gates a little slow at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center this afternoon vs. the Auburn Tigers and trailed 33-32 heading into halftime, but the second half was all LSU as the Tigers improved to 16-7, 6-4 on the year in the 87-80 win.

Coming off a disappointing nine point, two rebound outing two days ago vs. the Georgia Bulldogs in which he fouled out after playing only 14 minutes, Johnny O’Bryant had a nice bounce-back game with 19 points and 10 rebounds, all but four points and three boards came in the second half when LSU made their run.

Freshmen forwards Jordan Mickey and Jarell Martin combined for 25 points and 18 rebounds as the LSU frontcourt played much better than the disappointing showing in the loss to Georgia.

Anthony Hickey chipped in with 17 points and Andre Stringer led the team with seven assists.

LSU reserve guard Malik Morgan suffered a knee injury late in the second half and had to be helped off the court and was seen wearing a knee brace at the end of the game. No immediate word on the extend of the injury, but will pass that along as it’s available.

Auburn guard Chris Denson had 19 points at halftime but finished with only 10 more in the second half.

Next up for LSU is a Wednesday road affair with the Texas A&M Aggies. The next home game for LSU is a Feb. 19 game vs. the Mississippi State Bulldogs at 7 p.m. CT.

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