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Lee and Gobourne move Auburn past LSU

AUBURN, Ala. – Another Suni Lee masterclass helped guide Auburn past another pack of Tigers.

The No. 5 Auburn Tigers (4-4, 2-2 SEC) knocked off the No. 9 LSU Tigers (2-5, 2-3 SEC) 197.750-197.500.

"Really proud of the team there," said Auburn head coach Jeff Graba. "They did a really good job of trying to stay focused throughout this whole thing. You know, last week, I felt like we needed to challenge ourselves to get a little bit better mentally and our approach needed to be defined.

The first rotation had Auburn on vault and LSU on bars. Derrian Gobourne received Auburn's highest score with a 9.925. Haleigh Bryant held LSU's highest score with a 9.950.

The second rotation saw Auburn on bars and LSU on vault. Suni Lee's perfect 10 was Auburn's high score, while Aleah Finnegan's perfect 10 was LSU's high score.

"It was crazy," Lee said. "I mean, I feel like the energy was just all around amazing. Especially with the biggest crowd and then getting my first 10 here."

The third rotation consisted of Auburn on beam and LSU on floor. Lee led Auburn again with a 9.950, Finnegan led LSU with a 9.975.

The fourth and final rotation placed Auburn on floor and LSU on beam. Lee and Gobourne shared Auburn's high score of 9.975. Finnegan held LSU's high score with a 9.950.

Once again, one judge gave Gobourne a 10 and the other gave her a 9.500.

"It's very frustrating to say the least," Gobourne said. "I give my all every time."

"I do want a 10 but I also know there's a bigger purpose."

Finnegan led the all-around for LSU and for the meet with a 39.800. Lee was Auburn's highest all-around scorer with a 39.775.

Auburn will be back in action next Sunday when the Tigers travel up to Columbia to take on another pack of Tigers, this time from Missouri. The meet is set for 5:00 p.m. CT.

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