Feb. 27, 2010
AUBURN-Tay Waller continued his torrid streak as he scored a game-high 26 points on 6-of-10 3-point shooting to lead Auburn to a 74-59 victory over LSU in the next to last home game in Beard-Eaves-Memorial Coliseum history on Saturday.
Waller became the first player since All-American Wesley Person in 1994 to score 25 points or more in three consecutive SEC games as he is averaging 28.0 points while shooting 21-of-31 (.677) from 3-point range during the stretch.
"I haven't felt this good since my two years at Okaloosa-Walton," Waller said. "I feel like I'm in the zone, and that I can't miss right now. When the ball leaves my hand, I always feel like it is going in. I've always been told that when you miss there is something wrong with the goal. I am just trying to keep that mentality."
Auburn scored the first nine points of the game on three 3-pointers and never trailed the rest of the way. Auburn kept steadily increasing its lead to as much as 17 in the first half at 34-17 before holding a 36-19 halftime lead. Auburn had its largest lead of the game of 19 twice, last on a DeWayne Reed layup to give the Tigers a 43-24 lead just under three minutes into the second half.
"He's been on fire for the last few games," said Auburn head coach Jeff Lebo of Waller's hot streak. "It's been unbelievable."
LSU could not get closer than nine points the rest of the way at 54-45 with 8:38 to play as Auburn coasted to the win.
Tasmin Mitchell, who scored a season-high 38 points in Auburn's 84-80 victory at LSU on Jan. 20, was held to a season-low six points in 21 minutes today behind the stellar defensive play of freshman Earnest Ross.
Auburn improved to 14-15 overall and moved into sole possession of fourth place at 5-9 in the SEC. LSU fell to 10-18 overall and 1-13 in the SEC.
Reed added 12 points and Brendon Knox 10 points for Auburn. Bo Spencer led LSU with 23 points while Storm Warrend had 14 points and Dennis Harris 10.
Auburn shot 51 percent from the floor for the game and tied a season-high with 13 made 3-pointers on 28 attempts. LSU shot 47.1 percent from the field and only 4-of-14 from 3-point range. Auburn scored 23 points off 16 LSU turnovers while Auburn committed only eight turnovers that resulted in 14 LSU points.
Auburn plays the final home game in the 42-year Beard-Eaves-Memorial Coliseum history against Mississippi State at 7 pm Central on Wednesday before closing out the regular season at Alabama next Saturday.