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LSU 94, New Orleans 53

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- Glen Davis was a dominant figure in the
lane against New Orleans on Tuesday.

The 6-foot-9 Davis scored 20 points and grabbed 16 rebounds as
LSU defeated New Orleans 94-53 in a non-conference game at the Pete
Maravich Assembly Center.

Davis, who was 9-of-13 from the field, had his fifth
double-double in six games this season. He also added four assists.

"In practice, coach (John Brady) was basically telling us to
create a presence in the post," Davis said. "They were very
athletic and we had to match their intensity. The object was to
execute things in the post. My team was looking for me and I hit
the open shots."

Besides scoring, Davis helped shut down Privateers center Shawn
Malloy, who was averaging 10 points a game. Fouling out in 18
minutes, Malloy missed all six of his field goal attempts and
finished with just three rebounds.

"Glen Davis is something else," New Orleans coach Monte Towe
said. "He passes the ball very well. Once he gets his hands on the
ball, it's his basketball.

"I like the way he plays the game. He knows how to work the
officials. He knows he is going to be involved in a number of
contact plays. He is just a wonderful player."

After losing a nine-point advantage, LSU (5-1) pulled away in
the final 10 minutes of the first half. Davis and Darrel Mitchell
combined for 15 points as the Tigers went on a 24-11 run to take a
43-30 halftime lead.

Three-point baskets by Dusty Driggs and James Parlow capped a
string of nine consecutive points by New Orleans that tied the
score at 19 with 10:38 left in the opening half. Two field goals by
Mitchell and a basket by Davis then put LSU ahead 25-19.

The Privateers (2-5) cut the deficit to 25-24 on a 3-pointer by
Jeremie Davis before a field goal by Davis and a three-point play
by Mitchell allowed the Tigers to post a six-point lead.

LSU went on an 11-0 spurt to take its largest advantage of the
first half at 41-26. A 3-pointer by Garrett Temple with 4:15
remaining completed the run.

The Tigers shot 57 percent (17-of-30) from the field in the
first half.

"In the first half we were good enough, but we didn't really
establish a presence like I wanted," Brady said. "In the second
half we came out and did that and we did it from a defensive
standpoint."

LSU handed New Orleans its worst defeat since it lost at
Oklahoma State 95-47 four seasons ago.

The Tigers' Darnell Lazare scored 16 of his 20 points in the
second half. Mitchell scored 19 points and had six assists, while
Tyrus Thomas came off the bench and contributed 11 points and 10
rebounds for LSU.

"It was a good team win," Brady said. "I'm trying to get our
team to consistently make good decisions with the ball, to defend,
rebound and execute."

Wayne Williams led New Orleans with 16 points. No other player
scored more than eight points as the Privateers shot just 35
percent (23-of-65) from the field.

"LSU worked us over pretty good," said Towe, adding that he
wasn't embarrased by the loss. "I was discouraged during the
course of the game. I really didn't think we did what we needed to
do to try to win the game, no matter what the score was."