Tulane 58

(3-8, 0-4 away)

LSU 75

(8-4, 7-2 home)

    8:00 PM ET, January 3, 2006

    Pete Maravich Assembly Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

    1 2 T
    TULN 28 3058
    LSU 34 4175

    Top Performers

    Tulane: D. Gomez 21 Pts, 4 Reb, 1 Blk

    LSU: T. Thomas 20 Pts, 9 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Stl, 4 Blk

    LSU 75, Tulane 58

    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 Tuesday night.

    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.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 58 75
    FG Made-Attempted 19-59 (.322) 23-59 (.390)
    3P Made-Attempted 4-10 (.400) 3-10 (.300)
    FT Made-Attempted 16-21 (.762) 26-31 (.839)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 19 (0/0) 17 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 1 27

    2005-06 Season

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