Darrel Mitchell’s late three boosts LSU past Texas A&M
Jacksonville, FL (Sports Network) – Darrel Mitchell scored 16 points and
connected on a long three-pointer with just 3.9 seconds remaining to lead LSU
to a thrilling 58-57 win over Texas A&M in the second round of the Atlanta
Bracket of the NCAA Tournament.
Glen Davis added a game-high 21 points and eight rebounds for the fourth-
seeded Tigers (25-8),who bested Iona in the first round and will now move on
to the Sweet 16 to face top seed Duke on Thursday in Atlanta.
Acie Law recorded 15 points and pulled down eight boards for the 12th-seeded
Aggies (22-9), who were coming off their first NCAA Tournament win in 26 years
after defeating Syracuse in the first round. Antanas Kavaliauskas chipped in
12 points in the loss.
After playing to a stalemate in the first half, the two teams continued to
play a nip and tuck game throughout the final frame.
LSU finally inched ahead with an 8-2 run late in the game. Garrett Temple
started things with a pair of free throws and Davis quickly followed with a
After Kavaliauskas got loose for a lay-in, the Tigers finished the burst with
back-to-back layups by Tyrus Thomas and Davis to make the score 49-43 with
just over five minutes left.
Sixteen seconds later, Law responded with a trey to cut the lead in half,
Mitchell extended the advantage to seven with four consecutive points.
First, the junior guard scored on a lay-in and then he netted a pair from the
line to make the score 53-46 with 3 1/2 minutes remaining.
Instead of wavering, the Aggies regained control with a 9-0 flurry.
Kavaliauskas started it with a lay-in. After Law connected on another layup,
Marlon Pompey scored on a three-point play to deadlock things. Joseph Jones
then capped the burst with a layup to put the Aggies up 55-53 with 1:08 left.
Davis’ bucket, 25 seconds later, tied the game at 55 but Law had the answer,
this time burying a jumper from the left wing to make it 57-55 with 22 ticks
After a timeout, Mitchell connected on a 25-foot three from the right of the
circle to give LSU a precarious 58-57 lead.
Texas A&M then lost the ball on the inbounds and the clock expired as both
teams scrambled for possession.
LSU roared out of the gate with an 15-3 run to start the game. Mitchell’s trey
capped the run with nearly seven minutes gone in the game.
But, if the Tigers expected a cakewalk they were sorely mistaken. The Aggies
responded with a 17-0 burst to take the advantage. Dominique Kirk made a pair
of threes to highlight the flurry and Texas A&M held the Tigers scoreless for
over seven minutes and took a 20-15 lead.
LSU righted themselves and fought back to end the half deadlocked at 29. Four
different Aggies had six points in the half while Davis had 11 to pace the
Texas A&M is now 4-8 all-time in the NCAA tourney, LSU is now 21-21…LSU
leads the all-time series, 13-9…LSU was just 2-of-12 from long distance in
the game and Mitchell was only 2-of-8…The Tigers had a big edge from line
sinking 18-of-23 from the charity stripe. Texas A7M was just 7-of-12.