BATON ROUGE, La. -- Kenny Gabriel had 16 points and 11 rebounds, and Auburn erased a 15-point second-half deficit to close out its regular season with a 60-51 victory over LSU on Saturday night.
Earnest Ross had 16 points and 10 rebounds, scoring six points during a pivotal 23-4 run that put Auburn (11-19, 4-12 SEC) in the lead for good with 5:51 to go.
Storm Warren had 14 points for LSU (11-20, 3-13), which scored only nine points in the final 13:29 of the game on its way to losing 13 of 14 games to close the regular season.
Auburn, meanwhile, finished the season with two straight wins, including a comeback from 20 points down against Mississippi last Wednesday.
LSU appeared to be breaking the game open with an 11-0 run early in the second half.
Auburn missed seven shots during the spurt and did not get its first field goal of the second half until Allen Payne's 3-pointer made it 40-28 with 13:46 to go.
That shot turned out to be the beginning of the decisive surge that gave Auburn a 48-44 lead that had the sparse crowd grumbling inside the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.
LSU went 10:14 without a field goal before Warren scored inside to make it 48-46, but Auburn responded with Wallace's floater and Ross' free throws, and Gabriel added a jumper soon after that made it 54-48 with 1:45 to go.
Both teams were plagued by sloppiness and inaccurate shooting for significant stretches, each shooting a little below 37 percent.
LSU was 2 of 15 on 3-pointers and Auburn was 2 of 11 from deep. Auburn had 21 turnovers to LSU's 18.
Auburn was the superior rebounding team, with a 46-31 advantage.
Ross hit Auburn's opening shot of the game, a 3-pointer that gave his team its only lead of the half at 3-2.
Warren, who made five of his first six shots, followed up Andre Stringer's deep 3 with a jump hook during an early 7-0 run that made it 9-3.
While Auburn opened the game shooting 4 of 13 and committed 11 turnovers in the first 16 minutes, LSU jumped out to a 24-11 lead. That stretch included an 11-2 LSU run during which Derenbecker and Ludwig, former high school teammates from the New Orleans area, combined for nine points.
Derenbecker assisted on Ludwig's fast-break layup, then added a 3 and a pull-up jumper.
Garrett Green's layup capped the run. Then Auburn started to claw back as Gabriel scored 10 points during the last 4:11 of the half.
Aaron Dotson had LSU's only two field goals during the last 5 minutes of the half, and his pull-up jumper put LSU ahead 29-21. Chubb then scored inside as he was fouled with 6 seconds left, pulling Auburn to 29-24 at halftime.
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