AUBURN, Ala. – Mustapha Heron scored 21 points to lead five in double-figures as No. 19 Auburn throttled LSU, 95-70, Saturday evening at Auburn Arena. The 25-point win for the Tigers (19-2, 7-1 SEC) is the largest conference win since 2007.
“It was a great environment tonight. The crowd was tremendous,” head coach Bruce Pearl said of the third-straight sellout crowd. “I think our fans got treated to some fun basketball.”
Desean Murray racked up 18 points, eight rebounds and five assists, while Bryce Brown and Chuma Okeke added 15 and 14, respectively. Jared Harper totaled 11 points and eight assists.
Heron’s team-high nine rebounds paced Auburn to a 38-24 advantage on the glass.
Auburn shot its best in a league game this season after shooting 54 percent from the floor. The home team buried 14 3-pointers for the second consecutive conference game and the third time this season.
LSU (12-8, 3-5) was guided by Duop Reath’s 18 points. Skylar Mays added 10 points and five assists.
Auburn roared out from the first whistle on a 29-10 run with Heron scoring 16 in the opening 8:37.
The margin remained the same heading into the locker room as Auburn touted a 51-32 lead.
Following a layup by Heron at the 6:32 mark in the second half, Auburn pushed to its biggest lead of the night of 35 when it led 86-54.
Auburn went on to take the result, 95-70, to notch its 11th consecutive win at Auburn Arena.
The tilt was also the annual AUTLIVE game in which Auburn wore navy uniforms and the coaches wore navy shirts to help raise money for the local fight against cancer.
The Tigers have a short turnaround as they hit the road for a rematch with Ole Miss Tuesday night in Oxford, Miss. Tip time is set for 8 p.m. CT on the Auburn Sports Network and SEC Network.