Ten years ago today in Jacksonville, one of the more exciting moments in the history of LSU athletics occurred.
With time ticking down and the Tigers trailing Texas A&M in the second round of the NCAA tournament, senior guard Darrel Mitchell squared up and delivered a pulsating three-pointer with 3.9 seconds left, as LSU eventually escaped with a 58-57 triumph over the Aggies.
Mitchell’s amazingly clutch shot is remembered by many fans as one of, if not, the key moment during the Tigers’ run to the Final Four in Indianapolis. LSU would then knock off traditional powerhouse Duke and Texas in Atlanta to secure their spot in the event for the first time in 20 years.
In the first video above, former LSU head coach John Brady and key members of the 2006 squad recall the day Mitchell made the biggest play of his career and, in many ways, saved the season for the Tigers.
Also, David Fleshman was a member of the 2006 LSU basketball team as a walk-on. Although his game minutes were few and far between, the Dunham School product played a pivotal role in the Tigers’ team chemistry and game preparation. Fleshman recalls his memories of watching Mitchell hit his clutch three-pointer against Texas A&M in the NCAA tournament and the technical foul he feared was coming shortly after.
On a mobile device? Watch his interview >> David Fleshman recalls Mitchell shot
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