Tigers Lose Second Straight, Fall To LSU

Baton Rouge, La.--LSU led wire-to-wire in defeating Auburn 75-58 on Saturday at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

The visitors struggled early and struggled late. Turnovers and poor shooting were the major problems for Auburn, which falls to 1-4 in the Southeastern Conference and 9-7 overall. LSU improves to 2-2 in the conference and 12-5 overall.

The numbers told the story in this contest, which was perhaps Auburn's poorest all-around performance of the season:

*Auburn hit just 18-56 field goals for a paltry 32.1 shooting percentage.

*Auburn made just 4-17 three-pointers.

•Auburn made just 18-29 free throws, continuing a season-long trend at the foul line.

*Auburn turned the ball over 22 times, six more than the home team.

*Auburn was out-rebounded 44-38.

LSU didn't come out particularly hot, but Auburn was out of sync offensively and had to play catch-up all game. Auburn fell behind 7-0, 12-2 and 18-4 before it finally got much accomplished offensively.

With Kyle Davis leading the way, the Tigers made a move and cut the gap to 21-17 with 5:34 left in the first half. Still recovering from elbow surgery, Davis contributed 10 points, eight rebounds and four blocked shots for the game.

LSU responded with a run of its own, outscoring the visitors 13-4 to stretch the lead back into double-figures. At the break, Auburn managed to get the margin under 10 when Adam Harrington hit a long-range three-pointer to make the score 36-28 at the break.

The home team quickly built its lead back to 12, but Auburn stayed within striking distance. At the 12:15 mark AU trailed only 46-40 after freshman Marco Killingsworth hit a short hook shot. Auburn still trailed by six with Derrick Bird made one of two free throws with 7:58 to play, but the home team took control of the game after that.

LSU stretched the lead to double figures at 60-48 when Collis Temple III hit three foul shots and Auburn never made a serious run the rest of the afternoon.

Ronald Dupree, the player who Auburn coach Cliff Ellis predicted would cause his team the most trouble, came through with a game high 25 points. Point guard Torris Bright scored 16 points and dominated his matchup against Marquis Daniels, who struggled throughout the game. Brad Bridgewater sparked LSU in the first half and finished with 13 points.

Daniels scored just five points and had five turnovers and no assists. Harrington made just 4-15 field goals in accumulating his team-high 15 points.

Freshman Brandon Robinson contributed 10 points and five rebounds for the Tigers.

The Tigers return to action on Tuesday night against the Kentucky Wildcats. Tipoff time is 8 p.m. for a contest that will be televised nationally by ESPN from Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum.

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