Texas edges No. 9 LSU in OT
Houston, TX (Sports Network) – D.J. Augustin had 25 points and A.J. Abrams
tallied 18 points to lead Texas to a 76-75 overtime win against ninth-ranked
LSU at the Toyota Center.
Abrams drained a pair of three-pointers in the final minutes of overtime to
give the Longhorns (6-2) a bit of revenge. Texas fell to LSU in a regional
final in the NCAA Tournament last season.
Tasmin Mitchell had 23 points and 10 boards and Glen Davis recorded 21 points
and 10 rebounds to lead the Tigers (5-2), who had a three-game win streak
The game was tight throughout and late in regulation LSU was ahead 61-59 after
two Davis free throws. Augustin, though tied the game with a layup with 3:25
left and a pair of Abrams free throws at the 2:48 mark put Texas ahead 63-61.
The two teams exchanged buckets and then with just over a minute to play
Augustin hit a pair of free throws for a 67-65 edge. Tack Minor then missed a
driving layup with 43 seconds left and Davis fouled Connor Atchley on the
Atchley hit just 1-of-2 free throws on the other end, giving the Tigers an
opportunity they took advantage of. On the subsequent possession, Garrett
Temple drained a three-pointer with 21 seconds left to tie the contest at
Augustin missed a fade-away jumper as time expired, sending the game into
In the extra session, LSU jumped ahead 72-68, but the Longhorns stormed back
and took the lead 73-72 when Abrams drained a three-pointer with 1:43 left.
Mitchell answered with a trey 25 seconds later, but Abrams again hit a three
with 1:03 remaining for a 76-75 edge.
The next time down the floor Davis missed a pair of attempts inside the paint
and Temple missed a three-pointer with 19 seconds remaining. Texas’ Damion
Jones was fouled on the rebound, but missed both from the line to give LSU one
last chance at the win.
However, coming out of a time out, Temple missed a long three-pointer from the
top of the key with six seconds remaining, the Longhorns got the rebound and
Jones ended with 10 points and 13 rebounds for Texas, which has won four of
LSU jumped ahead early, using a 13-1 run to open up a 17-10 lead 6 1/2 minutes
into action. Mitchell’s layup capped the run and the Tigers later extended to
a 27-18 cushion with just under seven minutes to play until halftime.
Texas responded, though, and scored 15 of the next 18 points to lead 33-30.
Atchley drained a three-pointer with 2:32 left to end the run, which saw
Abrams and Augustin combine for eight points.
Mitchell’s three-pointer with 2:18 left tied the game at 33-33 and the game
eventually went into the break tied at 35-35.
Texas’ Kevin Durant had 10 points and 11 rebounds…The Longhorns have won
three straight versus top-10 teams…LSU won the NCAA Tournament game last
year 70-60…LSU continues to lead the all-time series 19-11…Temple ended
with 14 points.