Tennessee 74

(11-2, 2-1 SEC)

LSU 88

(10-5, 2-0 SEC)

    8:00 PM ET, January 14, 2006

    Pete Maravich Assembly Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

    1 2 T
    TENN 27 4774
    LSU 30 5888

    Top Performers

    Tennessee: C. Watson 18 Pts, 3 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl

    LSU: G. Davis 24 Pts, 10 Reb, 1 Ast, 4 Stl, 2 Blk

    LSU 88, Tennessee 74

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- Tyrus Thomas was just one rebound and one blocked shot shy of joining Shaquille O'Neal in LSU's record books.

    He finished Saturday's game with 17 points, nine rebounds, and nine blocked shots -- almost enough for a triple double -- as LSU defeated Tennessee 88-74. O'Neal accomplished the feat 14 seasons ago against Brigham Young in the NCAA tournament.

    "No triple double, but we got a W," Thomas said. "(LSU) Coach (John Brady) told me before the game what I had to do. I had to be more of a presence inside tonight. I tried to dominate the paint."

    Glen Davis grabbed 10 rebounds and scored 18 of his 24 points in the second half.

    "I have to credit my teammates," Davis said. "If they don't give me the ball, I can't do it. Another leader (Darrel Mitchell) was out (because of foul trouble). So, it was my time to seize the opportunity and step up."

    Thomas made all seven of his shots from the floor and all three of his free throw attempts to score 17 points in addition to his nine rebounds and nine blocked shots. Tasmin Mitchell had 13 points, while Darrel Mitchell had 11 and Darnell Lazare had 10. The Tigers (10-5, 2-0 SEC) shot a season-best 65 percent from the field.

    "We were able to throw the ball inside to Glen and Tyrus on almost every possession down the stretch," Brady said. "We were able to separate the score then. Tyrus and Glen are very good together."

    C.J. Watson led Tennessee (11-2, 2-1) with 16 points, but his backcourt mate Chris Lofton scored just two -- 15 points below his per game average. Stanley Asumnu had 15 points for the Vols, while Major Wingate had 13 and Andre Patterson had 10.

    "Chris wasn't hunting his shot," Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl said. "I thought several times when he was open he didn't shoot it. He's one of the best shooters in the country, but he didn't have it tonight."

    With a 30-27 halftime lead, the Tigers jumped out in the second to take control of the game. A 3-point play by Garrett Temple initiated a 9-0 run and Tennessee missed four shots and committed one turnover while allowing LSU to take a 12-point lead.

    After a pair of Asumnu baskets left Tennessee behind 46-44, LSU ran off seven straight points -- capped by a 3-point play by Lazare.

    A field goal by Asumnu inside the eight-minute mark reduced the Volunteers deficit to four points. Five points by Davis and a field goal by Thomas gave the Tigers a 67-56 lead. LSU's lead would never be fewer than nine points.

    LSU made 52 percent of its first-half field goal attempts and outrebounded the Vols by nine. However, the Tigers took 14 fewer shots than Tennessee because of their 17 turnovers.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 74 88
    FG Made-Attempted 30-75 (.400) 31-48 (.646)
    3P Made-Attempted 6-22 (.273) 1-4 (.250)
    FT Made-Attempted 8-14 (.571) 25-32 (.781)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 24 (0/0) 19 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 2 16

    2005-06 Season

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