RED HOT: Tigers topple Florida

The LSU men's basketball team ran its winning streak at home to eight games and continued to boost its chances at post-season play with a 77-73 win over Florida Saturday at the Pete Maravich Center.

The Tigers are now 15-8 overall, winners of nine of its last 12 games, is now 8-4 in the Southeastern Conference and a minimum of one game in front of third place Mississippi State going into State's Saturday night game at Kentucky. LSU is assured of its third straight non-losing record in the league. The Tigers host Alabama on Tuesday at 8 p.m. in a nationally televised game on ESPN. Tickets for the game are on sale at the LSU Athletics Ticket Office and on line at www.LSUsports.net.

 

Brandon Bass again was the big player for LSU with 27 points, hitting 8-of-10 field goal attempts, 1-of-2 three-pointers and 10-of-13 free throws. Antonio Hudson hit three treys and had 16 points, while Darrel Mitchell, with a perfect 7-of-7 night at the line, finished with 15 points and Glen Davis had 11 points and a game-high eight boards.

 

Florida's David Lee had 21 points with Anthony Roberson and Matt Walsh each scoring 17.

 

Both teams played good basketball, each turning it over just nine times with LSU shooting 47.8 percent overall and Florida 50 percent. The Gators made three more three-pointers than the Tigers, but LSU was able to go to the line 34 times, making 29 (85.3 percent) while the Gators were 12-of-15 at the stripe.

 

"I though Florida played well," said LSU Coach John Brady. "Both teams turned it over nine time. Both teams tried to press a little bit. Both teams defended well. They made some shots and we made some shots. I thought our team executed extremely well. I thought going in we had to guard one of their big three  -- Lee, Walsh, Roberson -- well. I think we did the best job on Roberson. He never got into a rhythm much. I thought Xavier Whipple, Tack Minor and Darrel Mitchell all three did a nice job on Anthony Roberson, who was the leading scorer in the SEC and averaging 21 points a game in the league.

"Brandon Bass was outstanding," Brady said. "Glen had a little foul trouble, but he wound up just having three. We got the ball to Glen and made some big free throws. We thought we could get the ball inside to Glen and Brandon. We were able to do that."

LSU led 38-32 at halftime in a game in which there were nine times and 10 lead changes as LSU's biggest lead was late in the half, 38-30, while Florida's biggest lead was a four-point advantage early on.

Florida opened the second half with a 9-2 run to take a 41-40 lead with 16:42 left. The Tigers countered, going 10-3 over the next two minutes. The run put them up 50-45.

The Gators cut LSU's lead to 51-52 with 10:17 left on a dunk by Adrian Moss. It was the closest Florida would get.

Hudson's 3-pointer with 4:33 left gave LSU a 65-55 lead with 4:33 left. The Tigers made eight of those 10 points at the free throw line.

Walsh pulled Florida within two, 67-65, with 2:38 left. After a basket by Hudson, Roberson sank two free throws to make it 69-67 LSU.

LSU, which made its final field goal at 2:04 - a jumper by Hudson - made 8 of 10 free throws down the stretch to seal the victory. Mitchell hit the final two with just over a second remaining.

The Tigers are now 15-8 overall, winners of nine of its last 12 games, is now 8-4 in the Southeastern Conference and a minimum of one game in front of third place Mississippi State going into State's Saturday night game at Kentucky. LSU is assured of its third straight non-losing record in the league. The Tigers host Alabama on Tuesday at 8 p.m. in a nationally televised game on ESPN. Tickets for the game are on sale at the LSU Athletics Ticket Office and on line at www.LSUsports.net.

 

Brandon Bass again was the big player for LSU with 27 points, hitting 8-of-10 field goal attempts, 1-of-2 three-pointers and 10-of-13 free throws. Antonio Hudson hit three treys and had 16 points, while Darrel Mitchell, with a perfect 7-of-7 night at the line, finished with 15 points and Glen Davis had 11 points and a game-high eight boards.

 

Florida's David Lee had 21 points with Anthony Roberson and Matt Walsh each scoring 17.

 

Both teams played good basketball, each turning it over just nine times with LSU shooting 47.8 percent overall and Florida 50 percent. The Gators made three more three-pointers than the Tigers, but LSU was able to go to the line 34 times, making 29 (85.3 percent) while the Gators were 12-of-15 at the stripe.

 

"I though Florida played well," said LSU Coach John Brady. "Both teams turned it over nine time. Both teams tried to press a little bit. Both teams defended well. They made some shots and we made some shots. I thought our team executed extremely well. I thought going in we had to guard one of their big three  -- Lee, Walsh, Roberson -- well. I think we did the best job on Roberson. He never got into a rhythm much. I thought Xavier Whipple, Tack Minor and Darrel Mitchell all three did a nice job on Anthony Roberson, who was the leading scorer in the SEC and averaging 21 points a game in the league.

"Brandon Bass was outstanding," Brady said. "Glen had a little foul trouble, but he wound up just having three. We got the ball to Glen and made some big free throws. We thought we could get the ball inside to Glen and Brandon. We were able to do that."

LSU led 38-32 at halftime in a game in which there were nine times and 10 lead changes as LSU's biggest lead was late in the half, 38-30, while Florida's biggest lead was a four-point advantage early on.

Florida opened the second half with a 9-2 run to take a 41-40 lead with 16:42 left. The Tigers countered, going 10-3 over the next two minutes. The run put them up 50-45.

The Gators cut LSU's lead to 51-52 with 10:17 left on a dunk by Adrian Moss. It was the closest Florida would get.

Hudson's 3-pointer with 4:33 left gave LSU a 65-55 lead with 4:33 left. The Tigers made eight of those 10 points at the free throw line.

Walsh pulled Florida within two, 67-65, with 2:38 left. After a basket by Hudson, Roberson sank two free throws to make it 69-67 LSU.

LSU, which made its final field goal at 2:04 - a jumper by Hudson - made 8 of 10 free throws down the stretch to seal the victory. Mitchell hit the final two with just over a second remaining.


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