Auburn Rallies Past LSU in OT, McCormick Hits Game-Winner


J’Von McCormick wasn’t going to let Auburn lose Saturday. He made three consecutive 3-pointers in the final minute of regulation to bring the Tigers back, and it was his floater with 0:00.1 left in overtime that proved to be the game-winner against LSU.

“I felt like it came off my hands pretty good,” McCormick said. “I work on those shots all the time so it was just nothing to me.”

“He stepped up,” teammate Samir Doughty said. “That’s what we expected. We wanted the ball in his hands. Coach [Bruce Pearl] wanted the ball in his hands, and he just delivered. He saved me at the end. I had that turnover late in overtime, and he scored a basket to win a game.”

McCormick finished with 23 points, nine assists and a career-high nine rebounds to lead the Tigers to a 91-90 victory in front of a sold-out crowd in Auburn Arena.

It was yet another come-from-behind win for Auburn (21-2, 8-2), who moves into first place in the SEC standings following its sixth-consecutive victory.

It was the third time in the last four games that the Tigers have erased a double-digit lead in the second half. They came back from 19 down against Ole Miss, 11 down against Arkansas, and they were down by as many as 15 to LSU on Saturday. All three of those games were decided in overtime where Auburn is now a perfect 4-0 on the season.

Trailing 71-63 with just over a minute left in Saturday’s game, McCormick caught fire with three 3s in a span of 20 seconds to cut the LSU lead to two. After finally missing one, McCormick got a steal and pushed it ahead to teammate Samir Doughty who scored in transition to tie it at 74 with 19 seconds left.

LSU missed a potential game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer, sending the game to overtime.

After LSU scored to open the extra period, Auburn responded with a 9-0 run. Doughty knocked down a 3 from the top of the key. Freshman Devan Cambridge followed with another 3, and then Doughty connected again from almost the same spot to put the Tigers up 83-76.

Doughty led Auburn with 26 points and made 5 of 11 shots from beyond the arc. It was the senior’s sixth straight game in double figures and third straight game with 20 or more points.

The 3 from Cambridge was one of a career-high seven 3-pointers made by the freshman Saturday. He saw added minutes with starter Danjel Purifoy out (flu), and he took full advantage with 21 points off the bench. He was 7 of 11 from the field and 7 of 10 from deep.

As a team, Auburn made a season-high 18 3-pointers against LSU.

It was another dominant effort inside from Austin Wiley, who recorded his ninth double-double of the season with 10 points and a game-high 13 rebounds. Nine of Wiley’s 13 rebounds came in the second half and overtime where Auburn finished with a 31-13 edge on the boards. It was 46-36 in favor of Auburn for the game.

The Tigers will be back in Auburn Arena on Wednesday night to host in-state rival Alabama. The game is scheduled to tip off at 6 p.m. CT and will be televised on ESPN2.

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