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Final

UL Monroe 57

(2-2, 0-2 away)

(7) LSU 88

(2-0, 2-0 home)

    4:00 PM ET, November 19, 2006

    Pete Maravich Assembly Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

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    ULM 22 3557
    #7LSU 44 4488

    Top Performers

    UL Monroe: J. Payne 21 Pts, 5 Reb, 2 Ast

    LSU: G. Davis 26 Pts, 8 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

    On fire early, No. 7 LSU coasts to win over La-Monroe

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- A 31-point win against an inferior opponent pleased LSU's coach.

    John Brady said by taking care of business against Louisiana-Monroe, the Tigers' showed they are ready for tougher opponents.

    "The problem with a veteran team is challenging them to do it every day, no matter who the opponent is," the coach said after the 88-57 win. "This team is where it needs to be right now in my mind. I don't think we are behind in any way."

    Seventh-ranked LSU, coming off a final four appearance, will be challenged soon enough. The Tigers' next opponent, Wichita State, is coming off a 72-66 victory over George Mason, another Final Four team from last season.

    Glen Davis led the Tigers (2-0) with 26 points, eight rebounds and two steals. Dameon Mason had seven assists and 10 points.

    LSU never trailed, and led 44-22 at the half after hitting 17-of-24 from the field. Tasmin Mitchell had 15 points before the break and finished with 21 points and seven rebounds. Davis hit 6 of 9 free throws.

    Jordan Payne led Monroe (2-2) with 21 points, hitting 4 of 7 3-pointers and grabbing five rebounds. Payne left the game after hitting his head going up for a rebound. Monroe coach Orlando Early said Payne may need a stitch or two but was otherwise fine.

    Lance Brasher scored 14 points, with four 3-pointers, and Afam Nweke had seven rebounds for the Warhawks.

    LSU held Monroe to 33 percent shooting from the field.

    Magnum Rolle blocked a shot, then dunked with 6:18 left in the first half to put the Tigers up 34-18.

    "I don't know if we could have played better in the first half," Brady said.

    The Tigers went up 55-27 in the second half after two quick dunks by Darnell Lazare and a three-point play from Davis. They led by more than 20 points the rest of the game, going up 88-52 after a Mason layup with 1:11 remaining.

    Lazare was 8-of-10 from the field for 16 points and Mason hit 5 of 7 shots for 10 points, with seven assists. Temple Garrett had six points and three steals, and Rolle blocked two shots.

    LSU next plays Wichita State at home on Nov. 25.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    ULM
    LSU
    Points 57 88
    FG Made-Attempted 21-64 (.328) 36-60 (.600)
    3P Made-Attempted 10-31 (.323) 7-18 (.389)
    FT Made-Attempted 5-8 (.625) 9-12 (.750)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 11 (0/0) 11 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 0 36

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