January 9, 2013

Auburn tames LSU

AUBURN -- Tony Barbee needed less than a minute into the second half Wednesday night to have a hissy fit.

It was warranted.

The Tigers opened with a defensive lapse and a careless turnover that led to an easy bucket. So the head coach called his team together and passed along a stern message that never will be conveyed publicly.

"I don't know if I can use that kind of language," Barbee said.

The message was received clearly. Auburn quickly regained its focus, spent the next 18 minutes hounding LSU on defense and eventually celebrated a 68-63 win.

The Tigers hadn't won a Southeastern Conference opener in six seasons.

This one didn't come easily. Auburn led early, but conceded a 12-2 run late in the half that allowed LSU to move ahead. The visitors led by one point at halftime.

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