Mitchell earns SEC player of the week

On the heels of two heart-stopping three-pointers, one in the final seconds of regulation play and the other in the final seconds of overtime that proved to be the difference in a 71-68 win Saturday at No. 13 West Virginia, the Southeastern Conference Monday named LSU senior guard Darrel Mitchell, the SEC Player of the Week.

Mitchell, from St. Martinville, La., had the second best scoring game of his career, with 26 points on a 9-of-14 shooting, including 5-of-7 from three-point range. Mitchell played 45 of 46 possible minutes and also equaled his career high with seven rebounds.

Mitchell hit a three-pointer with 23 seconds in regulation to get the game to overtime at 62-62 and then hit what would prove to be the game-winning trifecta from the deep right corner with just 5.3 seconds left in OT.

So far this season, with Mitchell at the point guard position, he is averaging 17.3 points per game, 5.3 rebounds per game, 5.7 assists per game and 2.0 steals per contest.

The 25th ranked Tigers are back in action at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center Tuesday evening at 8 p.m. in a regionally televised contest against the University of Houston.

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