No. 25 LSU 83, No. 9 Auburn 68
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) _ Brian Beshara scored 24 points and Jabari Smith added 20 as No. 25 LSU beat No. 9 Auburn 83-68 Wednesday night.
It was LSU’s second victory over a Top 10 team this season and it was the second most points scored against Auburn this year. Eighth-ranked Tennessee beat the Tigers 105-76, but Auburn had held its opponents to an average of 59.8 points a game.
Auburn (19-4, 7-3 Southeastern Conference) never found a rhythm against an aggressive man-to-man defense that limited the Tigers to 35 percent shooting from the field. Auburn’s Chris Porter, who averages 14.5 points a game, was held to 10 points before he fouled out with six minutes left.
LSU shot 55 percent from the field and outrebounded Auburn 39-37.
LSU (18-4, 5-4) took the lead three minutes into the game and led by as many as 19 points in the second half.
Auburn cut the lead to 68-58 on a 3-pointer by Mack McGadney with 5:03 left in the game. It got within 75-66 on another 3 by McGadney, who finished with 19 points.
Doc Robinson of Auburn had 17 points on 5-of-9 shooting from 3-point range.
Torris Bright had 13 points and eight assists for LSU, while Stromile Swift had 13 points, 14 rebounds and five blocked shots.
The victory brought LSU within 1 1/2 games of first-place Auburn in the SEC West.
Auburn, which is 12-0 this season when it outrebounds an opponent, had 19 rebounds at halftime _ 12 on the offensive end _ compared to 21 for LSU, but trailed 34-22 thanks to dismal shooting. Auburn shot 25 percent in the first half (9-of-34), including 1-of-11 on 3s.
It was just the sixth time this season Auburn trailed at halftime.