Final OT

South Carolina 64

(9-5, 1-2 SEC)

LSU 79

(7-5, 1-1 SEC)

    8:00 PM ET, January 12, 2005

    Pete Maravich Assembly Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

    1 2 OT T
    SC 29 35 064
    LSU 41 38 079

    Top Performers

    South Carolina: C. Powell 16 Pts, 3 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Blk

    LSU: G. Davis 28 Pts, 14 Reb, 1 Stl

    LSU 79, South Carolina 64

    BATON ROUGE, La.(AP) -- It was just one of those nights for Glen Davis.

    Davis scored 28 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to lead LSU to a 79-64 victory over South Carolina Wednesday night.

    "It was just one of those nights when the rim was a big, big old hole and everything went it," Davis said.

    It was the seventh game the LSU freshman scored in double figures, and his second double-double of the season.

    LSU (7-5, 1-1 Southeastern Conference), which had not played at home in a month and had lost four of its past five games, shook off its troubles against the Gamecocks (9-5, 1-2).

    "We'd been on the road for the past five games, so being at home really energized us," said Darrel Mitchell.

    The Tigers pulled ahead early then put on a scoring exhibition in the second half, shooting 58 percent from the field. LSU went on a 16-3 run in the second half to go up 63-43 with 10:10 left.

    "It was truly an LSU night," said South Carolina coach Dave Odom. "They beat us at every turn -- offensively, defensively, inside, outside, halfcourt, fullcourt, on the boards, you name it."

    LSU hit almost 59 percent from the field overall (30-of-51) and made 9 of 19 3-point baskets. The Tigers led by as much as 23 points in the second half.

    "We came out there and busted them on the chin and they never got back in it," Davis said.

    Mitchell scored 18 points for LSU, Brandon Bass added 12 and Antonio Hudson, playing on an injured ankle that caused him to miss practice this week, had 11 points.

    South Carolina, which had shot 50 percent or better from the field in the past four games, did it again against the Tigers, shooting 50 percent even (26-of-52).

    But the Gamecocks failed to force the turnovers they normally thrive on, getting just 12 from the Tigers and scoring only 14 points on them. Going into the game, South Carolina's opponents had averaged 17.3 turnovers per game, fourth in the SEC, and had shot 39.9 percent from the field.

    LSU outscored the Gamecocks 34-24 in the paint.

    "Obviously Glen Davis had his way with everybody out there," Odom said. "You give their two inside guys 28 points and 18 points and we only scored 64 ourselves. That pretty much tells you where this game was won."

    Carlos Powell led South Carolina with 16 points, Tre' Kelley had 11 and Tarence Kinsey scored 10.

    LSU slowly pulled away from the Gamecocks in the first half and held a 10 point advantage at the break, 39-29.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 64 79
    FG Made-Attempted 26-52 (.500) 30-51 (.588)
    3P Made-Attempted 7-15 (.467) 9-19 (.474)
    FT Made-Attempted 5-6 (.833) 10-13 (.769)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 13 (0/0) 10 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 4 23

    2004-05 Season

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