J’Von McCormick’s veins don’t just have ice in them, they are frozen solid.
Despite trailing 71-63 with 1:26 in the 2nd half, No. 11 Auburn defeated No. 18 LSU by a score of 91-90 in overtime.
This miraculous win, the kind of win that is becoming an annoying habit for the Auburn faithful, was largely in part to the late-game heroics of J’Von McCormick.
Remember that eight-point lead LSU had with 1:26 left in the 2nd half? Yeah, J’Von McCormick proceeded to drain three straight 3-pointers, which dwindled the lead to two and ultimately led to Samir Doughty’s game-tying layup with 20 seconds left.
“He stepped up,” said Doughty. “That’s what we expected.”
So, McCormick sends the game to overtime and that’s the end of his heroics for the game, right? Fortunately for Auburn, he donned the cape again.
After a Samir Doughty turnover off an inbound pass, LSU seized the opportunity and took a 90-89 lead with 9 seconds left in the game. Once again, McCormick came to the rescue. McCormick drove to the basket, making a running floater in the lane to give the Tigers the win.
“He saved me at the end,” said Doughty.
McCormick, the New Orleans native, didn’t have any extra motivation for this game stemming from his roots; however, he did carry the reminder of last season’s 83-78 loss in Baton Rouge.
“I just wanted revenge on them,” said McCormick.
Revenge is a dish best served cold indeed – much like McCormick’s veins.