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McCormick’s floater leads No. 11 Auburn past No. 18 LSU in overtime

LSU v Auburn

AUBURN, ALABAMA - FEBRUARY 08: J’Von McCormick #5 of the Auburn Tigers scores the go-ahead basket as he drives against Emmitt Williams #5 of the LSU Tigers in the final seconds at Auburn Arena on February 08, 2020 in Auburn, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

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J’Von McCormick capped off a wild game with a floater that bounced off the rim, off the backboard and off the rim again before falling through with 0.1 seconds left in overtime to give No. 11 Auburn a 91-90 win over No. 18 LSU:

McCormick finished the afternoon with 23 points, nine boards and nine assists, including a run of three straight threes in a two-minute stretch at the end of regulation that helped get this game to overtime. Samir Doughty had 26 points and five boards for the Tigers, hitting a pair of threes in overtime after scoring the breakaway layup that tied the game at 74 in regulation.

Auburn spent most of this game down by double-figures. LSU led by as many as 15 points in the first half. They were up 42-30 at halftime. They held a double-digit lead with six minutes left in the game before Auburn rallied, and that more or less sums up Auburn perfectly.

Overall, they’re not all that good. They are not a great shooting team. They don’t force turnovers the way they have in the past. They don’t have the star power they’ve had in the past. Austin Wiley is useful playing a certain way and Anfernee McLemore is useful playing a certain way, but both of those guys really limit how Auburn plays when they are on the floor.

LSU was the better team for roughly 40 of the 45 minutes that these two teams were on the floor, and it’s not the first time that has happened to an Auburn team this season. It’s who they are. They do just enough to keep it close before a three-minute avalanche of threes buries you.

It’s stressful. It’s fun to watch. And it’s gotten them to a point where they are 20-2 and sitting tied for first in the SEC.