Thursday, February 19, 2004

Hot-shooting Auburn topples Louisiana State

The Associated Press

BATON ROUGE, La. - Ian Young scored 21 points and Marco Killingsworth added 20 against the Southeastern Conference's best defense and Auburn beat No.24 LSU 80-68 Wednesday night.

It was the most points the Tigers (17-5, 7-7), ranked No. 1 in SEC scoring defense, have given up all year. Auburn highlighted the victory with a 24-point run in the second half.

LSU had won five straight and is ranked for the first time in more than a year. Auburn (13-9, 4-7) had lost four of its last five.

Brandon Robinson scored 17 points for Auburn, which shot 55.6 percent from the field and 71 percent from 3-point range in the second half, when it was 5-of-7. Killingsworth, who had not made a 3-pointer this season, hit two against LSU.

No. 20 Southern Illinois 84, Evansville 69

EVANSVILLE, Ind. - Southern Illinois clinched its third straight Missouri Valley Conference title with its 13th consecutive victory.

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