“This is about as bad as it gets” | Auburn bombs past LSU, 95-70

Randy Onwuasor LSU

Auburn buried 14 three-pointers and outrebounded LSU 38-24, and Bruce Pearl’s first-place squad rolled on in the SEC with a blowout win over LSU, 95-70.

Will Wade’s Tigers (12-8, 3-5 SEC) dropped their fourth decision in five games, while the hosts improved to 19-2 overall and 7-1 in the SEC.

Randy Onwuasor scored 14 points for LSU, 11 after halftime, and Duop Reath scored 18 points.

Mustapha Heron led five Auburn players in double figures with 21 points, knocking down 4-of-6 from 3.

First Half

Auburn used an 18-0 haymaker to break open a tied game early in the first half. Skylar Mays squared things at 6 with a dunk before the hosts ran off 18 unanswered points, 10 courtesy of Mustapha Heron, who scored them all in a row over a period stretching less than two minutes.

Led by Bryce Brown and Heron, the homestanding Tigers hit seven of their first 10 from deep, going up by 20 on their tenth triple of the night, an Anthony McLemore effort with 5:42 remaining in the half. Randy Onwuasor’s three and Daryl Edwards’ layup put LSU back within 20, and LSU held Auburn scoreless over the final 2:37. LSU, however, could only manage three points over that stretch, entering the locker room down 51-32.

The hosts barely outshot their guests from the floor, 53 to 50 percent, but knocked down 11-of-23 from deep to LSU’s 1-of-6 from beyond the arc. They also outrebounded LSU 20-10, grabbing as many offensive rebounds (10) as the visiting Tigers netted in total.

Second Half

Things were more even to start the second half. Onwuasor led the LSU offensive charge with seven quick points, but Brown maintained his deep accuracy with a pair of triples. Three free throws from Onwuasor and Mays had LSU back to a 19-point deficit, 63-44, before an 8-2 Auburn run – featuring a steal and alley-oop to Malik Dunbar – pushed the hosts ahead 27. Chuma Okeke’s second three of the night and Auburn’s 14th made it 84-54 with 7:11 to go.

It was curtains from there.

Auburn’s 95 points were a season high and the most LSU has allowed this season.

Quotes

“We got whipped every way you could get whipped. It was an absolute bludgeoning from the start.” – Will Wade

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