Auburn's Quan Prowell shoots around LSU's Darnell Lazare in the second half.(AP Photo/Todd J. Van Emst)
Feb. 28, 2007
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) -Josh Dollard scored 16 points and Auburn beat LSU 80-68 Wednesday night to remain in contention for a division title despite the absence of ailing coach Jeff Lebo.
Auburn (17-13, 7-8 Southeastern Conference) became just the second conference team to score more than 72 points against LSU, and remained in the four-team chase for the Western Division title. Lebo missed the game with an illness
LSU (14-14, 4-11) played its third straight game without an injured Glen Davis, who didn't travel with the team.
Korvotney Barber took advantage of his absence, with 14 points and eight rebounds for Auburn. Auburn has won three straight games and is vying for the division title with Alabama, Mississippi State and Mississippi - the Tigers' final regular-season opponent on Saturday.
Auburn's DeWayne Reed, who was starting his third game of the season, had 12 points, six assists and just two turnovers. Quan Prowell chipped in 11 points off the bench. Auburn had a season-low of nine turnovers and locked up its first winning season since 2002-2003.
Tasmin Mitchell picked up the slack for Davis with his mid-range game and had a career-high 24 points on 10-of-20 shooting from the floor. He had seven rebounds. Garrett Temple, who had 13 points, was the only other LSU player in double figures.
Auburn could grab the No. 1 seed in the West for the SEC tournament with a win over Ole Miss combined with an Alabama victory over Mississippi State.