Auburn 80

(13-9, 4-7 SEC)

(24) LSU 68

(17-5, 7-4 SEC)

    8:00 PM ET, February 18, 2004

    Pete Maravich Assembly Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

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    AUB 33 4780
    #24LSU 33 3568

    Auburn 80, LSU 68

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- It was the biggest night of the season for Ian Young and one of the biggest for Marco Killingsworth.

    That made it one of the biggest nights of the season for Auburn.

    Young, who averages 8.4 points a game, scored 21 points and Killingsworth bettered his 14-point average with 20 against the SEC's best defense and Auburn beat No. 24 LSU 80-68 Wednesday night.

    "It's a huge win for our team," said Auburn coach Cliff Ellis. "Everybody really came out and fought.

    It was the most points the Tigers (17-5, 7-7), ranked No. 1 in Southeastern Conference scoring defense, have given up all year. Auburn highlighted the victory with a 24-point run in the second half.

    "That team scored on us when they wanted to, how they wanted to" said LSU coach John Brady. "They went over us, through us and beat us on the boards."

    LSU had won five straight and is ranked for the first time in more than a year. Auburn (13-9, 4-7) had lost four of its last five.

    "We just couldn't get it in the rim," LSU forward Darnell Lazare said. "We took some shots. Tonight it just didn't go in for us."

    Brandon Robinson scored 17 points for Auburn, which shot 55.6 percent from the field and 71 percent from 3-point range in the second half, when it was 5-of-7. Killingsworth, who had not made a 3-pointer this season, hit two against LSU.

    "We controlled the game," Ellis said.

    LSU guard Darrel Mitchell agreed. The Tigers were not able to control the tempo or stop Auburn.

    "We didn't play like we have all year," Mitchell said. "They basically did what they wanted to do."

    Tack Minor led LSU with 15 points, including 4-of-9 from 3-point distance. Brandon Bass added 13, Jaime Lloreda had 12 and Lazare scored 10. The Tigers shot 38 percent.

    Lloreda, LSU's main rebounder, was playing with an injured foot and Auburn outrebounded LSU 37-29.

    LSU went up 43-37 on Minor's 3-pointer with 14:30 left in the game. But Auburn's 24 unanswered points put it ahead 63-47 with 6:06 to go.

    Lloreda's layup with 11:18 remaining was the last score for LSU until a basket by Anton Hudson with 4:43 left.

    "The thing that pleases me is that when LSU made that run before the half and tied it up, it really tested our character," Ellis said.

    LSU trailed by as much as six early in the first half, but went ahead 20-18 on Minor's two free throws with 11:12 to go.

    LSU tied the game at 33 at halftime on a dunk by Bass.

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