Florida 73

(16-7, 8-4 SEC)

LSU 77

(15-8, 8-4 SEC)

    3:00 PM ET, February 19, 2005

    Pete Maravich Assembly Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

    1 2 T
    FLA 32 4173
    LSU 38 3977

    Top Performers

    Florida: D. Lee 21 Pts, 6 Reb, 5 Ast

    LSU: B. Bass 27 Pts, 5 Reb

    Tigers improve to 12-1 at home

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- Brandon Bass scored 10 of his 27 points from the free thrown line in LSU's 77-73 victory over Florida Saturday afternoon.

    Bass made 10 of 13 foul shots Saturday and LSU shot 85 percent from the free-throw line against the Gators (29-34), including 18 of their last 23 points.

    Not good enough, Bass said.

    "Yea, 85 percent is good, but we're working to be 100 percent in free throws," Bass said. That's our goal."

    With the win, the Tigers (15-8, 8-4 Southeastern Conference) stretched their home record to 12-1 on the season.

    Florida (16-7, 8-4) has now lost three straight to LSU after a six-game winning streak.

    Antonio Hudson scored 16 points for LSU, Darrel Mitchell added 15 and Glen Davis had 11.

    David Lee led Florida with 21 points. Anthony Roberson and Matt Walsh each had 17.

    The Gators rank first in the SEC in points per game (80.8), scoring margin (plus 16.7), field goal shooting (50.9 percent), 3-point shooting (40.2 percent) and assists per game (16.4). All marks that fell to the Tiger defense.

    The Gators were particularly stymied in 3-pointers, making 7-of-20 (35 percent).

    "They have Lee, Walsh and Roberson," Mitchell said. "We knew if we slowed at least one of those three then we could win."

    But it was not the LSU defense that did the job, according to Florida coach Billy Donovan.

    "I think the game was very clear cut -- 34 free throws to 15," Donovan said. "The fact that we remained as close as we did and gave ourselves a chance to win with such a disparaging margin at the free throw line was incredible."

    The Gators made 12 of 15 free throws.

    LSU led 38-32 at halftime.

    Florida opened the second half with a 9-2 run to take a 41-40 lead with 16:42 left. The Tigers countered, going 10-3 over the next two minutes. The run put them up 50-45.

    The Gators cut LSU's lead to 51-52 with 10:17 left on a dunk by Adrian Moss. It was the closest Florida would get.

    Hudson's 3-pointer with 4:33 left gave LSU a 65-55 lead. The Tigers made eight of those 10 points at the free throw line.

    "I'm anxious to see the film and see how a guy like David Lee gets 14 shots, 21 points and he gets to the foul line three times and a guy like Brandon Bass gets to the line 13 times," Donovan said.

    The reason for the discrepancy was easy to see, Mitchell said.

    "I just think we were playing good defense out there and not fouling," Mitchell said. "Under the goal they were pushing and fouling."

    Walsh pulled Florida within two, 67-65, with 2:38 left. After a basket by Hudson, Roberson sank two free throws to make it 69-67 LSU.

    LSU, which made its final field goal at 2:04 -- a jumper by Hudson -- made 8 of 10 free throws down the stretch to seal the victory. Mitchell hit the final two with just over a second remaining.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 73 77
    FG Made-Attempted 27-54 (.500) 22-46 (.478)
    3P Made-Attempted 7-20 (.350) 4-20 (.200)
    FT Made-Attempted 12-15 (.800) 29-34 (.853)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 24 (0/0) 17 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 4 10

    2004-05 Season

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