Northern Iowa 54

(8-1, 2-1 away)

LSU 50

(6-2, 5-2 home)

    8:00 PM ET, December 19, 2005

    Pete Maravich Assembly Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

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    UNI 26 2854
    LSU 27 2350

    Top Performers

    Northern Iowa: G. Stout 18 Pts, 9 Reb, 1 Blk

    LSU: D. Mitchell 22 Pts, 4 Reb, 2 Ast, 3 Stl, 1 Blk

    Northern Iowa 54, LSU 50

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- Northern Iowa's Grant Stout credits some serious time in front of the TV for his team's 54-50 victory over LSU.

    "The coaching staff watched tons of film," said Stout. "LSU didn't really double team much in the paint. We have enough confidence in our post game to take advantage. It worked out perfect for us."

    Stout scored a season-high 18 points and matched his career-high with nine field goals in 13 attempts. Stout made three field goals during a 12-2 run that gave Northern Iowa (8-1) a seven-point lead at 45-38 with 7:48 remaining in the game.

    With the Panthers trailing 36-33, Stout hit two shots to put his team ahead for good.

    The Tigers were able to cut into the Northern Iowa lead down the stretch. Darrel Mitchell sank a pair of 3-pointers and a free throw as LSU (6-2) reduced its deficit to 47-45 with 3:24 remaining.

    Trailing 49-47, the Tigers had an opportunity to tie the score, but Garrett Temple lost the ball with 1:04 remaining. Erik Crawford, who scored Northern Iowa's last seven points, then hit a 3-pointer to put LSU behind by five points.

    After Darrel Mitchell made another 3-pointer, Crawford iced the victory by making two foul shots with 15.2 seconds left.

    "This is a great win for our program and a great win for our league," Northern Iowa coach Greg McDermott said. "I am just very proud of our guys because they were able to follow the plan.

    "Plans are sometimes overrated. Sometimes they work and sometimes they don't. The plans we came up with allowed us to control the tempo of the game."

    Crawford and Ben Jacobson joined Stout in double figures with 12 and 11 points, respectively. The Panthers' also held their own on the backboards.

    LSU, which entered the game with a rebound margin of plus-23 per game, had a slight edge against Northern Iowa. The Tigers, who had only seven second-chance points, barely outrebounded the Panthers 31-30.

    "We got some good looks in practice in preparing for LSU," said Crawford, who had seven rebounds. "We did a lot of rebounding work. The scout team tried to get every rebound. They were pushing us and they were fouling us in practice. We were ready."

    The Tigers' offense ground to a halt in the second half. Darrel Mitchell, who finished with 22 points, scored all but seven of LSU's 23 second-half points. Glen Davis, who had 13 points, was the only other Tigers player to score at least four points.

    "We ran up against an experienced team that made plays when they needed to," LSU coach John Brady said. "We had some opportunities and we weren't able to make plays. We didn't rebound the ball like we had been."

    Both teams spent the first half taking turns holding one or two-point leads. There were 15 lead changes to go along with four ties. A jumper by Tasmin Mitchell with nine seconds remaining gave LSU a 27-26 halftime lead.

    The Panthers had a four-point lead on two occasions in the first half, the last being at 23-19 on a field goal by Eric Coleman with 7:07 remaining. The Tigers then scored six consecutive points on baskets by Tyrus Thomas, Darrel Mitchell and Darnell Lazare.

    That two-point advantage was LSU's largest of the half. A three-point play by Ben Jacobson regained the lead for Northern Iowa at 26-25 with 2:39 to play. Neither team scored until Tasmin's Mitchell jumper in the final seconds.

    "Glen Davis and Darrel Mitchell hurt us, but I thought they had to work for everything they got," McDermott said. "We had to keep as many people as close to the basket as we possibly could. We had to be in the right spot. I thought our guys stuck with our plan on the backboards all night long."

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 54 50
    FG Made-Attempted 22-48 (.458) 22-53 (.415)
    3P Made-Attempted 6-16 (.375) 3-11 (.273)
    FT Made-Attempted 4-7 (.571) 3-10 (.300)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 11 (0/0) 14 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 7 3

    2005-06 Season

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