Red-hot Tigers take aim at seventh straight

Winless Grambling provides the opposition at the PMAC tonight.

The LSU men go for their seventh straight win Thursday against the Grambling State Tigers at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center in a game scheduled for an early tip time of 6 p.m.

LSU is 9-3, starting its present win streak on Nov. 29 at Houston and continuing through Dec. 22, the Tigers last game at North Texas. Included in that streak is a win at home on Dec. 19 against No. 10 and previously undefeated Marquette. It is the longest win streak since LSU won 10 straight during the 2009 season.

The Tigers have also held the last six opponents under 60 points, the first time that has happened since LSU held seven consecutive opponents under 60 points in the 1953 season.

Grambling is 0-9 on the season and is coming off an 85-53 loss at TCU. This will be the fifth consecutive road game for GSU and the ninth of 10 to open the season.

St. John's transfer Quincy Roberts, in his first game for Grambling against TCU, had 28 points and 10 rebounds as the 6-foot-5 junior from Harrisburg, Pa., made 10-of-26 field goals and 4-of-10 3-point field goals. Xavier Roberts, who averages 9.1 for the Tigers, added 11 points.

LSU is expected to play its fifth game without starting guard Andre Stringer, who fainted during a practice prior to the Dec. 10 Boise State game. Stringer has been cleared to return to practice when the team resumed practice after Christmas on Dec. 26, but has not yet been cleared to return to game action.

Tigers freshman point guard Anthony Hickey (9.3 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 4 apg) leads the SEC in steals with 2.5 a game.

LSU's post players were all in double figures in the 67-58 win at North Texas as Storm Warren, who needs one rebound to become the 37th player in LSU history to record 500 career rebounds, led the Tigers with 15 points, Justin Hamilton had 14, Malcolm White 12 and Johnny O'Bryant 11.

The Tigers were again dominant on the offensive boards, out rebounding North Texas, 10-1, in the second half with 16 for the game. LSU leads the SEC in offensive rebounds at 14.9 a game and Hamilton is second in the league at 3.6 a game.

Following Thursday's game, the Tigers have one non-conference game left – 6 p.m. Monday against Virginia at the PMAC before opening league play on Jan.7 against Ole Miss.

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