Lebo's Seniors Go Out With Big Victory

Comments from Auburn's head coach are featured after his team's 69-53 victory over LSU.

Auburn, Ala.--Auburn coach Jeff Lebo got a little emotional after his team's emotional Senior Day victory over LSU on Saturday.

The Tigers improved to 21-10 overall and 10-6 in the SEC with a 69-53 men's basketball victory over LSU. The seniors all had a major role in the victory and the coach thanked each one for the job they did over four seasons for the Tigers.

Korvotney Barber scored 16 points and pulled in 17 rebounds to lead Auburn in both statistics. He also dished out four assists and blocked two shots.

Rasheem Barrett scored 12 points and pulled down nine rebounds while adding three assists.

Quantez Robertson added six points, added four rebounds and two assists with three steals.

Even senior walk-on Drew Smith got in the game and made the box score with a rebound.

"Korvotney Barber was absolutely terrific today," Lebo said. "Sixteen and 17 in 28 minutes with two blocks and four assists. Rasheem was terrific and very solid with 12 and nine. Tez did a heck of a job, especially on the defense end.

"It was a great team win for us," Lebo said. "We just battled hard and defended them very well. I thought we did a very nice job of Mitchell today."

Tasmin Mitchell scored just five points, a season low, and he hit 1-10 field goals. LSU's 53 points was its lowest total of the season.

Auburn held LSU to 32.1 percent shooting in the physical game and made just 41.3 percent of its shots, including only 2-16 threes.

"If you had told me we would be 2-16 and win by 16 and I would have said you were insane," Lebo added. "Defensively is where we were really solid. We spent a lot of time in preparation. They were fresh in our minds from when we played before. They are a very, very physical team and I thought Vot was just terrific because he spent the majority of time on Mitchell."

LSU coach Trent Johnson had praise for Lebo and his basketball team.

"He is doing as good of job, from my standpoint, as anybody in this league," Johnson said of the Auburn coach. "He is a class act."
Johnson said in his opinion Auburn is definitely worthy of an NCAA Tournament bid. "Barber and these kids can play," he said. "For them to not get mentioned, my goodness. What are we talking about here."

Lebo left Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum with a big smile. "I'm just so proud of my team, especially my seniors. They are four guys that have meant a lot to me personally and a lot to this basketball program. It's very gratifying as a coach to see them go out in this way."

LSU goes into the SEC Tournament as the regular season champions with a 13-3 league mark and a 26-6 overall record.

Auburn will have a first round bye in the SEC Tournament in Tampa and will play on Friday night's late game vs. the winner of Thursday's matchup of Florida vs. Arkansas.

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