McNeese State 70

(2-3, 0-3 away)

LSU 90

(4-1, 3-1 home)

    8:00 PM ET, December 10, 2005

    Pete Maravich Assembly Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

    1 2 T
    MCNS 34 3670
    LSU 44 4690

    Top Performers

    McNeese St: J. Bradley 12 Pts, 7 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 Blk

    LSU: G. Davis 21 Pts, 10 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl, 3 Blk

    LSU 90, McNeese State 70

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- In its previous game, LSU self-destructed in the first four minutes of the second half and allowed Houston to rally for a victory against the then-undefeated Tigers.

    Coach John Brady made sure that his players remembered what had happened against the Cougars at halftime of LSU's game against McNeese State on Saturday. Holding a seven-point halftime lead this time, the Tigers pulled away in the final 20 minutes for a 90-70 victory.

    "I reminded them of the Houston game at halftime," Brady said. "In that game we let them back in the game in the first few minutes of the second half. This particular time, we didn't allow (McNeese State) to get back into the game and we separated the score."

    LSU (4-1) took control of the game in the first eight minutes of the second half. The Tigers scored the first 10 points after halftime on 3-pointers by Garrett Temple and Darrel Mitchell and field goals by Glen Davis and Tasmin Mitchell. That 10-0 run put LSU ahead 51-34.

    After J.T. Williams ended the McNeese State drought with a basket, the Tigers then outscored the Cowboys 12-4 to take a 63-40 lead. Darnell Lazare started the outburst with a three-point play. Darrel Mitchell concluded the run with six straight points on two foul shots and a pair of field goals.

    "Our defense was very good in the first eight minutes of the second half," Brady said. "We really did okay on defense in the first half. The baskets they scored came off our careless turnovers."

    The Cowboys (2-3) missed their first four field goal attempts and were guilty of three turnovers while not scoring at the beginning of the second half. McNeese State had made just three second-half baskets by the time LSU had its 63-40 advantage.

    "We came out after halftime and allowed them to score," McNeese State coach Tic Price said. "I thought we had really cut into their lead going into the half. Defensively they held us in check. I think they really got their running game going."

    Turnovers prevented the Tigers from winning by an even larger margin. LSU shot 54 percent from the field, but committed 27 turnovers. The Cowboys turned those floor errors into 19 points. McNeese State also outrebounded LSU primarily due to 19 offensive boards.

    "It shows the athleticism of our team when we make 27 turnovers, give up 19 offensive rebounds and win by 20," Brady said. "What I am concerned with is our decision-making with the ball."

    LSU saw five players score in double figures. Davis, who was 8-of-13 from the field, led the Tigers with 21 points and 10 rebounds. Lazare had a career-high 19 points. Darrel Mitchell, who had six assists and six steals, finished with 18 points. Tasmin Mitchell had 13 points and five assists, while Tyrus Thomas had 11 points and 10 rebounds.

    Jarvis Bradley led the Cowboys with 12 points. Troy Aaron scored 11, while reserves John Ford and Quentin Gonzales each had 10 points.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 70 90
    FG Made-Attempted 27-73 (.370) 32-59 (.542)
    3P Made-Attempted 4-14 (.286) 5-11 (.455)
    FT Made-Attempted 12-18 (.667) 21-31 (.677)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 25 (0/0) 22 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 0 26

    2005-06 Season

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