Dawgs top Tigers, 91-78

The Tigers and Bulldogs waged an important SEC battle Thursday night in Athens, and Georgia came out on top by the final score of 91-78. LSU couldn't keep UGA away from the free-throw line and out of the paint.

ATHENS, Ga. -- It just wasn't the Tigers' night.

Plagued by foul trouble and unable to keep Georgia (11-10, 5-4) out of the paint and off the scoreboard, LSU (14-7, 5-4) fell 91-78 in Stegeman Coliseum Thursday night.

Johnny O'Bryant picked up two quick fouls in the opening minutes of both halves, struggling to play long enough to post nine points and two rebounds. Both O'Bryant and senior Shavon Coleman fouled out of the ballgame.

Georgia, which never trailed in the ballgame, turned the Tigers' fouls into 46 free-throw attempts, making 32. The Dawgs, paced by 17 points from Nemanja Djurisic, shot 60% from the floor as a team.

"We weren't very good defensively tonight," LSU coach Johnny Jones said following the game. "We allowed them to out-score us 24 to four in the paint tonight in the first half. They wound up scoring 40 points in the paint, and that's an area where it should be our strength."

Andre Stringer and Jordan Mickey led LSU in scoring with 19 points apiece. Jarell Martin chipped in 15 points.

The Tigers, down 43-30 at halftime, were able to cut the Bulldogs' lead down to three midway through the second half, but LSU never got any closer with three different Bayou Bengals battling with four fouls down the stretch.


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