Whatever you wish to call, there
was no doubt an NCAA feeling in the Air at
Garrett Temple missed a
three-pointer with less than 10 second remaining as the Tigers (5-2) fell a
point short of its fourth straight win over the Longhorns.
"I thought it was a great college basketball game to watch," said LSU coach John Brady. "We played hard throughout the second half. We have a very disappointed basketball team right now."
"We wanted to get (LSU center) Glen
The Tigers took a 72-68 lead early in the extra period on back to back jumpers by Glen Davis and Tack Minor in the paint. D.J. Augustin made it a two-point game with a short jump shot and A.J. Abrams gave the Longhorns a 73-72 lead with a three-pointer.
Tasmin Mitchell, who led all Tiger scorers with 23 points, buried a trey of his own as LSU re-took a 75-73 advantage with 1:21 left to play.
"It was an opportunity for me to
put my team on my back and help my teams win in overtime and I didn't do it,"
Abrams answered immediately with a three-pointer at the other end for what would be the decisive points in the game. Abrams three, which came from well beyond the three-point line came at the 1:04 mark and the bucket proved to be the last of the game.
"They told me it was from a pretty good ways out," Abrams said.
Augustin led all
Augustin made it hurt Sunday as his constant dribble penetration haunted the Tigers on the defensive end.
"We recruited him priority," Brady
said. "D.J. had some circumstances that were a little different. He moved to
Kevin Durant, the Longhorns leading scorer averaging 23.3 points per game, was held to just 10 points on 5 of 15 shooting.
"I guess I did an outstanding job guarding him," Tasmin Mitchell grinned afterwards, not knowing just how effective he was against Durant.
"We wanted to shut down their top two scorers and make someone else beat us," Brady said.
Abrams followed Augustin's 25 points with 18 of his own. Durant and Damion James had 10 a piece.
The Longhorns opened the game with a 7-0 run less than two minutes into the game. LSU closed the gap and took its first lead when Dameon Mason converted a three-point play for a 10-9 Tiger advantage at the 15:35 mark of the first half.
A jumper by Mitchell gave LSU its
largest lead of the first half, up 27-18 with 6:47 left in the opening period.
LSU bolted out to a five-point
advantage – 42-37 – in the second half when
Mitchell led all LSU scorers with
23 points on 9 of 18 shooting, including a 3 of 7 stat from beyond the
three-point line to go along with 10 boards.
"We did hit enough big shots to put ourselves in position to win the game though."
LSU turned the ball over only 11
times and both teams were an identical 13 of 19 from the free throw line. While
the Tigers dominated the boards in the early going,
"It wasn't about the final shot of the game more than it was things throughout the game that could have changed the outcome," Brady said. "A free throw here or a rebound there."
LSU now begins a west coast road
swing that takes the Tigers to