LSU dominates Florida on the road, 79-61

LSU went on the road Tuesday and earned a decisive 79-61 victory to hand Florida its first SEC home loss in almost three years.

LSU notched a big road win in Gainesville, defeating Florida 79-61 to move to 3-2 in SEC play.

The Tigers shot 52 percent from the field and sank eight three pointers. LSU had four players reach double digits and held the Gators to just 3-for-16 from three-point range.

That was Florida’s first home loss in conference play since the 2011-12 regular season finale.

LSU didn’t trail after taking a lead less than eight minutes into the game. The Tigers maintained a significant advantage on the Gators after taking a five-point lead into halftime, that ballooned midway through the second half.

The Tigers really took control at the 11:45 mark of the second half, ignited by a Keith Hornsby three-pointer. LSU launched a 14-2 run over the next four minutes of game, leading by as much as 17 points with 8:11 to play.

The Tigers had blown leads in past SEC losses, and the Gators refused to go down quietly. Florida cut the deficit to 10 after a 7-0 run with less than six to play.

But the Gators never managed to get it back to single digits and went scoreless for the final three minutes of the game. The Tigers held on to earn the decisive 18-point victory.

Jarell Martin led the way with a team-high 22 points. The Tigers had four players reach double digits — Hornsby and Tim Quarterman each with 15 and Jordan Mickey contributed 14.

LSU led for most of the game and took a 37-32 lead into halftime, thanks to some prowess from behind the arc. The Tigers connected on five of seven attempts from three-point range while Florida missed all five of its three-pointers in the first half.

LSU finished 8-for-13 from behind the arc.

Jarell Martin led LSU through the first half with 15 points, shooting 5-for-7 from the field. LSU’s victory may have been larger if not for 16 turnovers, eight in each half. Hornsby and Josh Gray were the two biggest culprits with four apiece.

LSU didn’t surrender its first-half lead after going ahead 14-12 with 13:32 to go. The Tigers led by as much as seven, but Florida would come back to tie it with 2:24 left before halftime. LSU got the final five points before the break to take its 37-32 lead into halftime.

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