AUBURN, Ala. – J’Von McCormick’s floater bounced high off the rim before finally going through the net, one last bit of suspense in a game and a performance filled with it.
McCormick's basket with 0.1 second left in overtime lifted No. 11 Auburn to a 91-90 win over No. 18 LSU in a dramatic Southeastern Conference showdown Saturday.
“I felt like it came off my hands pretty good,” said McCormick, who is from New Orleans. “I work on those shots all the time, so it was just nothing to me.”
Before that, he made three consecutive 3-pointers in a 20-second span to help force overtime.
Auburn (21-2, 8-2 Southeastern Conference) rallied from a 14-point second half deficit and moved into a tie with LSU (17-6, 8-2) for the league lead. It's Auburn's third overtime win in the last four games and this one took 18 3-pointers.
McCormick drove toward the basket in the final moments for the game-winner. He followed his coach's instructions of not pulling up.
“It’s a simple matter of J’Von’s the quickest guy on the floor,” Auburn coach Bruce Pearl said. “J’Von was smart enough not to settle for that jump shot.”
It came after Skylar Mays and Emmitt Williams led an LSU comeback from a quick seven-point deficit in the extra period.