KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Marcus Thornton scored 29 points to lead LSU to a 79-73 win over Tennessee on Wednesday night.
LSU (16-4, 4-1 Southeastern Conference) held a 14-point lead with 12:44 left, but Tennessee scored the next 13 points to pull within one point. With 4:44 left, Josh Tabb kicked the ball out to a wide-open Wayne Chism at the top of the arc, and he knocked down a 3 to give the Vols a 69-67 lead.
Thornton followed with a layup to tie it at 69-all. The teams would again tie at 71, but Thornton was fouled by Tabb as he hit a jumper. He hit the subsequent free throw to take a 74-71 lead with 2:06 left.
The Vols (12-7 3-2) missed three shots trying to regain the lead and began fouling with 1 minute left, but the Tigers hit five final free throws.
Chism led Tennessee with 19 points, and Emmanuel Negedu added 11.