LSU (18-11, 9-8) did something Thursday night in Nashville that it hadn't accomplished since Jan. 11 in Columbia, S.C.
Win on the road.
The Tigers, fueled by a disruptive full-court press and a 25-point, 10-rebound performance from Johnny O'Bryant, erased a second-half deficit to beat Vanderbilt (15-14, 7-10) by the final of 57-51 in Memorial Gymnasium.
O'Bryant was the story of the game for the Bayou Bengals. The junior from Cleveland, Miss., shot 11-of-18 from the field and almost single-handedly reversed the course of the game in the final 20 minutes, overpowering Vandy defenders.
The Commodores, a game removed from a 38-point effort in Knoxville, came out firing in the first half, staked to a 28-12 lead with 2:34 to go before Johnny Jones' Tigers cut the margin to eight (32-24) at halftime.
But the press and O'Bryant pushed LSU ahead with 3:02 to play in the ballgame, a point from which the Tigers would not look back.
Senior Rod Odom led the way for Vanderbilt on his Senior Night, scoring a team-high 15 points. Scotlandville product Damian Jones chipped in nine points, six rebounds and four blocks.
Outside of O'Bryant, senior Andre Stringer was the only player in double figures for the Tigers. Stringer scored 11 points on 8-of-8 shooting from the charity stripe.
Comeback complete at Vandy
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