How it Happened
The Tigers built an early 17-9 lead over C of C in the first half, but as the half went along, LSU allowed C of C to claw its way back into the game before finishing the first half strong to hold a five-point lead. Duop Reath and Brandon Sampson both combined for double-digit first half nights before finishing with the lone 20-point nights for the Tigers with 23 and 20 points respectively. LSU crushed C of C on the boards by outrebounding them 25-13 in the first half before finishing with a 43-29 edge.
Building off that end of the first half run, the Tigers combined to go on a 16-2 run that included the first 3:20 of the second half. Then the Tigers allowed C of C to get back into the game. LSU lead by 13 points in the second half and from 15:09 to 4:13 in the second half, C of C worked to tie the game up, which they did at 60. For the final 1:48, it was all LSU as the Tigers held C of C scoreless en route to the win.
What it Means
LSU avoided a collapse in a way. The Tigers really had things handled early in the first half and second half by starting off with good basketball, but allowed C of C to make it a game late in both halves.
Player of the Game: Brandon Sampson
Sampson had another big game for LSU as he finished with 20 points on 8-12 shooting including a couple key baskets. Sampson's basket after Patterson's layup in the last minute in a way, sealed the deal for LSU. Sampson was just behind Reath and Blakeney in minutes with 33 on the night. Sampson came up big for LSU early on and late. That's what the Tigers can expect it's starting to seem from the sophomore.
College of Charleston stayed in the game by taking advantage of LSU's turnovers. The Tigers had 16 turnovers on the night and College of Charleston had 17 points off them while only committing five turnovers of their own.
The Tigers face Wake Forest on the road on Thursday at 8 pm CT on ESPNU.