"I don't know if I have ever seen a better display of shooting than they put on tonight," Auburn head coach Cliff Ellis said.
LSU bolted out to a 50-26 halftime advantage outscoring the visiting Tigers 40-18 over the last 15:34 of the first half. Auburn (18-8, 7-6 in SEC) trailed 10-8 early in the second half before the three-point barrage ensued.
"I kept telling everybody that would listen that it makes a difference when the ball goes in the goal," LSU head coach John Brady said.
What a difference it did make.
Bright, who finished the game with 14 points, got LSU started hitting all four three-point buckets in the first half. Shooting then became contagious as Collis Temple III knocked down a pair, Mitchell came off the bench hitting three and Ronald Dupree chipped in a trey.
"The game is almost fun when you are shooting the ball well and playing together," Mitchell said. "Torris (Bright) got me going because he came out shooting the ball like he was just playing an outdoor game."
While three-point shooting wowed the PMAC crowd of 5159 and left grins on the faces of the homestanding Tigers, Brady was most pleased with the unselfish play of his team.
"I don't know if I ever felt as good about a team showing unselfishness and sharing the ball as that team did tonight," Brady said.
LSU recorded 26 assists offset by 32 field goals in the game. In the first half alone, the Tigers had 17 field goals setup by 15 assists.
"Check the record books on that one," Brady said.
Auburn could only sit and watch as LSU rolled through the game like a well-oiled machine. The Tigers shot 73-percent from the field in the first half and 83-percent from three-point territory (10-of-12). For the game, LSU connected on 32-of-54 shots (59.3-percent) scoring the most points in an SEC game since beating Ole Miss 97-53 in 2000.
"We hit a buzzsaw," Ellis said. "Sometimes that happens. They were hitting on all cylinders."
Unfortunately for Auburn, the Tigers played well enough to be competitive in a typical game. AU shot 48-percent in the first half connecting on 12-of-25 attempts. The rebounding differential was the key factor of LSU's success, plus the eye-popping numbers from outside.
"Early on, we were not playing that bad," Ellis said. "Their threes were daggers. They just nailed them. I thought the threes and the boards were the only areas I was critical of our basketball team."
The Tigers out-rebounded Auburn 38-23 in the game, dominating the boards in the first half 14-6.
"We beat them on the boards 38-22 and I couldn't be prouder of the collection of the pieces," Brady said.
Final scoring included Temple and Mitchell leading the way with 19 each. Bright finished with 14 points and six assists while Jaime Lloreda poured on 13 points with eight boards.
"I don't know if I've ever seen a team play more unselfish with a belief system in one another and sharing the ball than I've seen tonight," Brady said.
Auburn had three players finish in double figures. Troy Gaines, who did not play in the first half, came off the bench hitting 5-of-5 three pointers and led the Tigers in scoring with 18 points. Marco Killingsworth was 7-of-10 from the field scoring 15 points and Marquis Daniels put up 11.
"LSU played as good a basketball game as you can play," Ellis said.
Nathan Watson, the walk-on who hit a last second shot propelling Auburn to a 56-54 win on the Pl