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LSU 78, UAB 62

12/27/2003

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Jaime Lloreda and Brandon Bass scored 22
points apiece Saturday to help LSU remain unbeaten with a 78-62
victory against Alabama-Birmingham in the Sugar Bowl Classic.

LSU is 8-0 for the second time in the last 17 seasons. The
Tigers snapped UAB's three-game winning streak.

"UAB came into the game forcing 23 turnovers (per game), but we
only made 16. We competed well in a good win over a good UAB team
that won 21 games last year," said LSU coach John Brady.

Bass had his highest point total of the season and grabbed 10
rebounds. Lloreda grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds for his third
consecutive double-double and fifth in seven games.

The Tigers broke a tie at 12 with a 13-0 run in which Lloreda
scored the final eight points.

Lloreda's basket after an offensive rebound gave LSU a 25-12
lead with 10:09 remaining.

"Coach talked about handling UAB's pressure," Lloreda said.
"We were mentally prepared for that.

UAB's Ronell Taylor scored 10 points to cut LSU's 44-34 halftime
lead to 50-48 with 13:50 remaining in the game, but the Tigers
pulled away with a 9-0 run over 6 1/2 minutes that included two
putback baskets by Darnell Lazare and nine consecutive scoreless
possessions by UAB.

Darrel Mitchell scored 12 points and Tack Minor 11, all in the
first half, for LSU.

Ronell Taylor led the Blazers (6-3) with 22 points and seven
rebounds. Gabe Taylor scored 13 and Sidney Ball 12. Ball had
game-highs of three blocked shots and three steals.

The Tigers outshot the Blazers 43 percent to 39 percent from the
field. LSU also outscored UAB 23-12 from the line and outrebounded
UAB 49-28.

UAB's point total matched its lowest of the season. The Blazers
entered the game averaging 80.1 points.

"We fought hard and had our chances, but our shots didn't
fall," said UAB coach Mike Anderson.

Mississippi State defeated Tulane 72-50 in the first game of the
one-day doubleheader.