BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- Tyrus Thomas scored 20 points to help
lead LSU to a 75-58 victory against Tulane in a non-conference game
But it was Thomas' defensive work that set the tempo for the
Tigers' win.Thomas had four blocked shots and altered many other Green Wave
attempts in the lane."Tyrus Thomas really makes a difference around the goal," LSU
coach John Brady said. "Every time he gets close to somebody, they
think he's going to be there to block the shot it seems. So, Tyrus
helps us around the goal."LSU (8-4) finished with nine blocked shots, all by freshmen.
Garrett Temple added three and Magnum Rolle and Chris Johnson each
had one."They are the most athletic team we're going to play all year
and they did a good job of using it tonight," Tulane coach Dave
Dickerson said. "Our guys were looking over their shoulder because
they blocked a lot of shots in the first half.""People are noticing I'm a good shot blocker," said Thomas,
who has at least four blocks in five of the last seven games. "I
used to see people going full throttle toward the goal. Now, I see
more head fakes and stutter steps."Thomas, who also grabbed nine rebounds and had two steals, was
one of four Tigers to score in double figures. Darrel Mitchell, who
missed 10 of his 14 field goal attempts, still finished with 13
points. Darnell Lazare came off the bench for LSU (8-4) and scored
12 while Glen Davis, who had a game-high 10 rebounds, added 10.Two reserves were the leading scorers for Tulane (3-8). David
Gomez equaled his career-high with 21 points, and Andrew Garcia
scored 11.Holding a 34-28 halftime lead, LSU extended its advantage early
in the second half behind play by Thomas and Tasmin Mitchell. They
scored all but two of the Tigers' first 16 second-half points.
Thomas accounted for 10 points, including a dunk that put LSU ahead
50-35 with 13:40 remaining in the game.Tulane never trailed by fewer than 13 points for the rest of the
game. It took the Green Wave more than 11 minutes to score their
10th point of the second half. The Tigers' largest lead was 27
points at 68-41.Tulane made a season-low 32 percent of its field goal attempts.
The Green Wave's starting frontcourt players -- forwards Donnie
Stith and Matt Wheaton and center Quincy Davis -- were a combined
3-of-19 from the floor.