Da Boot Sports
By: Terrill J. Weil
BATON ROUGE, LA - LSU return home to the PMAC on Wednesday night looking to break their four game losing streak against the Auburn Tigers, but the melt down continued as the Bayou Bengals were defeated 67-59 in front of 9,967 Tiger fans in attendance.
It was another ugly performance by the Tigers as Auburn never trailed and controlled the game from the opening tip-off until the final buzzer sounded.
Through most of the first half LSU was able to at least stay within shouting distance and actually
cut Auburn's lead to three, 16-13 with a three pointer by KJ Williams at the 7:48 mark.
But the visiting Tigers shifted it into another gear for the rest of the half, going on a 16-8 run to end the first period, taking a 32-21 lead at the break.
LSU opened the second half with an 11-2 run to cut the Auburn lead to two, 34-32 at the 15:50 mark, but Auburn once again took control going on a 27-10 run over the next ten minutes taking a 61-42 lead.
Over the final 6:27 of the contest, the Tigers were unable to score a basket, going 0-11 from the floor as their final five points came from the charity stripe.
“I thought we were able to get out in transition some to feed off our defense. We did a better
job moving without the basketball and converting some of those plays which enabled us to mix
some defensive coverages and give ourselves a better chance there." Matt McMahon said. "Then we forced a three. I believe it was 34-30 late in the shot clock. We had it covered in the box outs but didn’t get that
rebound. We turn it over on our end and that leads to a basket in transition, so now the lead is
six. We did a poor job at executing against the press on a possession they hit a three, its nine
and another turnover now it's back to 11. So all that work to start the half was down the drain
and with our lack of ability to score going back down with double figures was just too much for
us to overcome. Great credit to Auburn for their physicality and execution on both ends of the
floor. Give great credit to Auburn. I thought their defense was terrific, very physical. Obviously
you saw their ability to make it difficult for us to finish plays in the painted area. Certainly
dominated in the paint.”
KJ Williams and Trae Hannibal both paced the Tigers with 16 points each while Justice Williams finished with seven on the night.
With the loss the Tigers are now 12-6 overall and 1-5 in SEC play....
Next up LSU will host #9 Tennessee in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center on Saturday, Jan. 21 at 3:00pm.
The game will be televised by ESPN.
Photos Below By: Michael Bacigalupi
Photos By: Jonathan Mailhes
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