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.