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Johnson, Auburn deliver LSU a 14th-straight loss, 98-75

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) Auburn coach Bruce Pearl spoke optimistically about the direction of his program, which had just guaranteed its first winning season in eight years.

Johnny Jones, who played and served as a young assistant during one of LSU's most successful eras, could only try to come to grips with how grim things have gotten on his watch as head coach.

Ronnie Johnson scored 17 points and Auburn snapped a three-game skid with a 98-75 victory that sent LSU to a school-record-tying 14th straight loss on Tuesday night.

LSU (9-18, 1-14 Southeastern Conference) allowed 90 points for the 10th time this season as Jones' fifth campaign with the program continued to unravel - with athletic director Joe Alleva and two top assistants looking on together directly across from the LSU bench. LSU trailed by as many as 26 in what became its worst home loss to Auburn.

''It's certainly been difficult. It's not anything that I've been through (before),'' said Jones, who played for LSU in the early 1980s and served as an assistant for about a decade under Dale Brown. ''I've been blessed that I'm built for what we're going through, meaning that I've got to try to guide a group of men through this.

''Obviously you know that you've got a fan base out there that you certainly want to satisfy. You've got to understand what they've got to be going through,'' Jones continued. ''We look at it obviously as there's a reason that we're going through it and we've got to stay the course until we can break our way out of it.''

Danjel Purifoy and Bryce Brown each scored 15 for Auburn (17-11, 6-9), which swept a season series from LSU for the first time in seven years. Brown scored all of his points on 5-of-8 shooting from 3-point range.

Pearl, in his third season at Auburn, said it's important when rebuilding a program to ''point out the little things that you haven't done in a long time,'' and was eager to discuss the significance of clinching a winning record.

''Recently Auburn basketball has been one of the programs that has been weighing the league down when we're trying to get more teams in the tournament,'' Pearl said. ''The fact that we're more competitive, it's just progress and it means a lot.''

HELP WANTED

LSU's Antonio Blakeney scored 29 points - two short of his season high - but was the only LSU player to score in double figures. Blakeney has now scored at least 20 in five straight. When asked to describe whether the words ''sadness, frustration or embarrassment'' best described the team's emotions, Blakeney and teammate Brandon Sampson said in unison, ''All three.''

COMPETITIVE START

After falling down by 12 early, LSU rallied to tie it four times late in the first half and again at 45 on Blakeney's 3 to open the second half.

Soon after, however, Auburn scored 10 straight - highlighted by Brown's consecutive 3s - and led the rest of the way.

BIG PICTURE

Auburn: Pearl has said he hopes his team can build a solid NIT Tournament resume with a strong finish to what has been a difficult SEC campaign. A lopsided road win will at least point Auburn in that direction. Having won by only four points when it hosted LSU, Auburn found the latest meeting a lot easier with Purifoy in the lineup this time. T.J. Dunans added 11 points and Mustapha Heron had 10 points and nine rebounds.

LSU: The only other times LSU lost 14 straight were in the in back-to-back seasons, 1965-66 and 1966-67. Pete Maravich was a freshman in the '66-'67 season and freshmen did not play on the varsity squad back then. LSU shot only 34.5 percent (10 of 29) in the second half after shooting a more competitive 46.7 percent in the (14 of 30) in the first half.

UP NEXT

Auburn hosts Arkansas on Saturday night

LSU visits Georgia on Saturday evening.

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Key Players
D. Purifoy
A. Blakeney
32.8 Min. Per Game 32.8
17.4 Pts. Per Game 17.4
1.8 Ast. Per Game 1.8
4.9 Reb. Per Game 4.9
39.0 Field Goal % 47.4
37.4 Three Point % 39.5
87.7 Free Throw % 70.8
+ 3 Brandon Eddlestone made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Skylar Mays 18.0
  Defensive rebound by Brandon Eddlestone 28.0
  Bryce Brown missed jump shot 30.0
  Defensive rebound by Bryce Brown 46.0
  Skylar Mays missed 3-pt. jump shot 48.0
+ 3 Bryce Brown made 3-pt. jump shot 1:01
  30-second timeout called 1:11
+ 3 Antonio Blakeney made 3-pt. jump shot 1:19
+ 2 Ronnie Johnson made jump shot 1:30
  Defensive rebound by Ronnie Johnson 1:52
  Brandon Sampson missed 3-pt. jump shot 1:54
Team Stats
Points 98 75
Field Goals 33-64 (51.6%) 24-59 (40.7%)
3-Pointers 14-31 (45.2%) 8-22 (36.4%)
Free Throws 18-22 (81.8%) 19-21 (90.5%)
Total Rebounds 39 30
Offensive 13 9
Defensive 26 19
Team 0 2
Assists 10 12
Steals 9 6
Blocks 4 0
Turnovers 13 16
Fouls 18 18
Technicals 0 0
17 PTS, 3 REB, 2 AST
29 PTS, 6 REB, 2 AST
12T
away team logo Auburn 17-11 455398
home team logo LSU 9-18 423375
Team Stats
away team logo Auburn 17-11 81.9 PPG 40.9 RPG 14.1 APG
home team logo LSU 9-18 77.5 PPG 35.5 RPG 14.2 APG
Key Players
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R. Johnson G PPG RPG APG FG%
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A. Blakeney G PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
R. Johnson G 17 PTS 3 REB 2 AST
A. Blakeney G 29 PTS 6 REB 2 AST
51.6 FG% 40.7
45.2 3PT FG% 36.4
81.8 FT% 90.5
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
B. Brown 19 15 2 1 0 0 2 2 5/9 5/8 0/0 0 2
D. Purifoy 30 15 7 0 2 0 0 4 5/11 3/6 2/2 3 4
M. Heron 27 10 9 1 0 0 1 1 4/6 0/2 2/2 2 7
A. Wiley 17 9 3 0 1 1 5 3 3/5 0/0 3/4 1 2
J. Harper 19 6 2 2 1 0 0 0 2/7 1/5 1/2 0 2
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
B. Brown 19 15 2 1 0 0 2 2 5/9 5/8 0/0 0 2
D. Purifoy 30 15 7 0 2 0 0 4 5/11 3/6 2/2 3 4
M. Heron 27 10 9 1 0 0 1 1 4/6 0/2 2/2 2 7
A. Wiley 17 9 3 0 1 1 5 3 3/5 0/0 3/4 1 2
J. Harper 19 6 2 2 1 0 0 0 2/7 1/5 1/2 0 2
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
R. Johnson 20 17 3 2 1 0 0 1 6/11 2/5 3/3 1 2
T. Dunans 22 11 7 3 2 0 3 1 5/9 1/2 0/0 3 4
A. McLemore 21 9 5 0 1 3 1 3 1/3 0/0 7/8 3 2
T. Lang 23 6 1 1 1 0 1 2 2/3 2/3 0/1 0 1
L. Smith - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Keim 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0
C. Blackstock 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0
D. Waddell - - - - - - - - - - - - -
H. Spencer - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Tate - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Cohen - - - - - - - - - - - - -
H. Huff - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Macoy - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 98 39 10 9 4 13 18 33/64 14/31 18/22 13 26
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
A. Blakeney 38 29 6 2 3 0 3 1 8/17 3/6 10/11 1 5
D. Reath 34 9 5 1 0 0 4 5 4/13 0/3 1/1 3 2
A. Epps 12 7 2 0 0 0 1 4 1/1 1/1 4/4 0 2
B. Sampson 33 7 3 1 0 0 3 0 3/6 1/2 0/1 1 2
S. Mays 22 4 0 4 1 0 2 3 2/8 0/4 0/0 0 0
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
A. Blakeney 38 29 6 2 3 0 3 1 8/17 3/6 10/11 1 5
D. Reath 34 9 5 1 0 0 4 5 4/13 0/3 1/1 3 2
A. Epps 12 7 2 0 0 0 1 4 1/1 1/1 4/4 0 2
B. Sampson 33 7 3 1 0 0 3 0 3/6 1/2 0/1 1 2
S. Mays 22 4 0 4 1 0 2 3 2/8 0/4 0/0 0 0
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
W. Sims 21 6 8 1 0 0 1 1 2/6 0/1 2/2 3 5
J. Patterson 11 5 0 2 1 0 1 0 2/4 1/2 0/0 0 0
B. Jenkins 9 5 1 0 1 0 0 1 1/1 1/1 2/2 0 1
B. Eddlestone 12 3 2 1 0 0 1 2 1/2 1/1 0/0 1 1
B. Bridgewater 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0
K. Hayward 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0
M. Graves 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 1
E. Robinson III - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Vial - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 75 28 12 6 0 16 18 24/59 8/22 19/21 9 19