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
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.
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
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
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, 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