BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — LSU coach Trent Johnson reminded his team what had happened in its previous overtime game this season, and Justin Hamilton made sure it wasn't a repeat effort.
Hamilton made two field goals in overtime, leading LSU to a 65-58 victory over Auburn, in a Southeastern Conference game Tuesday night. LSU avoided a repeat of a 79-75 overtime loss at home to South Alabama on Nov. 23.
"Coach (Johnson) reminded us about the last time we were in overtime," Hamilton said. "We kind of had a dead spot against South Alabama. We wanted to come out in this overtime and make sure we had a spark."
Hamilton, who failed to score in the second half, made his first basket almost two minutes into the extra period to give LSU a 58-56 lead. Neither team scored again until LSU's Andre Stringer made a 3-pointer with 1:22 remaining. It was Stringer's only field goal of the night.
Rob Chubb then scored Auburn's only points in overtime with a field goal.
On LSU's next possession, Hamilton got loose for a layup. Then teammate Anthony Hickey completed the scoring with two foul shots with 3 seconds remaining. Auburn committed four turnovers in overtime.
"We lost our confidence periodically throughout the game," Johnson said. "In overtime, we did a pretty good job of keeping our poise once we got everything together. Any time you win in conference, that's good. We'll take it and not give it back."
Hickey led LSU (12-6, 2-2) with 18 points, and Hamilton finished with 13 points and eight rebounds. Ralston Turner added 11 points and Storm Warren 10 for LSU.
Frankie Sullivan paced Auburn (11-7, 1-3) with 19 points, while Chubb had 15 points and 12 rebounds.
"Both teams fought, played hard and competed," Auburn coach Tony Barbee said. "At the end of the day, they made a few more plays than we did. We just could not make the plays that we needed to make at the end."
Down by three, 53-50, Auburn pulled within a field goal on Sullivan's free throw with 1:40 left in regulation. Auburn then tied it on its next possession when Kenny Gabriel slammed home a missed shot.
Hickey's driving layup put LSU in the lead 55-53 with 40 seconds left in regulation. Auburn lost its first chance to tie it when Chubb's pass to Varez Ward went out of bounds. Hickey then made just one of two free throws to give Auburn one final opportunity.
Both Gabriel and Sullivan missed 3-point shots in the final 10 seconds. But Ward connected with his 3-point attempt with 0.2 seconds remaining to send the game into overtime, 56-56.
"We didn't have as many (defensive breakdowns) in overtime," Johnson said. "This game was not the end of our season and wasn't going to put us on a slide (if we lost) as people were saying. I think that talk bothered them a little. But, they fought through it. I thought that was a positive."
The game was marked by momentum swings. LSU jumped to a 10-2 lead early with Turner making a pair of 3-pointers. Auburn brought it within four, 18-14, on Sullivan's free throws.
LSU again built another large lead, this time by 10, 24-14, on baskets by Warren, Hamilton and John Isaac.
But once again Auburn came back. A 3-pointer by Sullivan at the halftime buzzer reduced Auburn's deficit to seven points at 34-27.
Auburn used an 11-0 run in the opening minutes of the second half to take a four-point lead. Sullivan made two more 3-pointers, while both Josh Wallace and Chubb made a field goal. A foul shot by Chubb completed the outburst and put Auburn ahead 38-34 with 14:32 remaining in regulation.
Auburn moved ahead by eight points at 46-38 after a basket by Josh Langford with 11:31 left in the game. But LSU would again tie it, scoring eight straight points. Warren's field goal tied it with 7:53 left in the second half.
LSU regained the lead at 50-48 when Hickey was awarded a basket on a goal-tending call against Gabriel. A basket by Gabriel then tied the score. After Warren and Chubb exchanged field goals, a 3-pointer by Hickey put LSU ahead 53-50 with 2:55 remaining.