LA-Lafayette 62

(2-6, 1-5 away)

LSU 81

(6-1, 5-1 home)

    8:00 PM ET, December 17, 2005

    Pete Maravich Assembly Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

    1 2 T
    ULL 37 2562
    LSU 41 4081

    Top Performers

    UL Lafayette: D. Mitchell 27 Pts, 16 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Stl

    LSU: G. Davis 20 Pts, 12 Reb, 1 Ast, 5 Stl, 1 Blk

    LSU 81, La Lafayette 62

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- No team in the nation has rebounded the basketball better than LSU so far this season.

    Led by Glen Davis, who scored 20 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, the Tigers used their inside dominance to defeat Louisiana-Lafayette 81-62 Saturday.

    LSU (6-1), which entered the contest with a rebound margin of 22 per game, pounded the Ragin' Cajuns on the boards 57-28. The Tigers outscored Louisiana-Lafayette 29-4 in second-chance points.

    "(Rebounding) is what we do," Davis said. "That's what coach concentrates on. One of the strengths of our game is rebounding the ball. We did a wonderfLouisiana job rebounding tonight."

    Davis was one of five LSU players that had at least seven rebounds. Tasmin Mitchell had 11 rebounds, including six off the offensive glass. Tyrus Thomas had nine rebounds, five of which came on the offensive end.

    Even guards Darrel Mitchell and Garrett Temple were chasing down missed shots. Darrel Mitchell had a career-high eight rebounds, and Garrett Temple had a season-high seven rebounds.

    "I said at media days that I'd be surprised if we were not a good rebounding team and we are," LSU head coach John Brady said. "A young team can be inconsistent on offense, so it needs to rebound the ball. We just go and rebound. It's a testament to our toughness."

    Louisiana-Lafayette (2-6), which trailed by four points at halftime, fell behind by 14 points in the first five minutes of the second half. Darnell Lazare scored eight points during that stretch as the Tigers went out to a 56-42 lead.

    Dwayne Mitchell, who scored a career-high 27 points for the Ragin' Cajuns, had 11 points that helped reduce LSU's lead to six points at 68-62 with slightly more than six minutes remaining in the game.

    However, the Tigers shut out Louisiana-Lafayette during the rest of the game. The Ragin' Cajuns missed their final five shots and turned the ball over four times while LSU closed the game with a 13-0 run.

    Nine of the Tigers' final 13 points followed offensive rebounds. Tasmin Mitchell had three baskets during that time after coming down with offensive rebounds.

    "Everything wasn't going well for me," said Tasmin Mitchell, who committed seven turnovers. "I helped the team with my rebounding. I crashed the offensive boards. I didn't feel up to par because of the turnovers. Rebounding the ball is one of the things I can do."

    Louisiana-Lafayette was at a disadvantage since its two starting inside players were not on the court for much of the second half. Chris Cameron dislocated his shoulder with 5:21 remaining in the first half and did not return. Michael Southall was limited to ten minutes because of foul trouble and an injured knee.

    "The bottom line in this ball game was offensive rebounds," Louisiana-Lafayette coach Robert Lee said. "They really dominated us on the glass in the second half.

    "Of course, losing Cameron was a tremendous blow to our team. Southall wasn't 100 percent, so he really couldn't play. Those are our two inside players, so it became very difficult for us on the boards."

    Darrel Mitchell had 17 points and eight assists for LSU. Tasmin Mitchell finished with 16 points, and Lazare had 12 points. Dwayne Mitchell was the only player for the Ragin' Cajuns to score more than eight points.

    "We were in the game right where we wanted to be," said Dwayne Mitchell, who also had a game-high 16 rebounds. "We had a couple of guys who were injured so I tried to take the load on and put everybody on my back. I coLouisianadn't carry it tonight."

    Darrel Mitchell and Davis carried the offensive load in the first half for LSU. Darrel Mitchell scored all 14 of his first-half points in the opening ten minutes. Darrel Mitchell's second 3-pointer of the game put the Tigers ahead 6-5.

    LSU never trailed in the first half after taking that one-point advantage. The Tigers' largest lead was eight points that took place on two occasions, the last at 28-20 on Darrel Mitchell's final basket of the half.

    Davis scored five of his 11 first-half points in the last seven minutes to help keep LSU in front of the Ragin' Cajuns. Dwayne Mitchell had 11 points and 10 rebounds that enabled Louisiana-Lafayette to reduce its halftime deficit to four points at 41-37.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 62 81
    FG Made-Attempted 22-56 (.393) 32-76 (.421)
    3P Made-Attempted 4-19 (.211) 4-17 (.235)
    FT Made-Attempted 14-19 (.737) 13-19 (.684)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 18 (0/0) 19 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 3 19

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