Tigers dust LSU-Shreveport

Darnell Lazare led six Tigers in double figures scoring with 19 points, as the LSU men's basketball team completed exhibition play with a 122-58 victory over LSU-Shreveport of the NAIA on Tuesday night in the Maravich Center.

LSU, which finished 2-0 in exhibition play, opens the 2005-06 regular season against Southern University on Friday night at home.

LSU-Shreveport, ranked No. 10 in the NAIA, fell to 0-3 in exhibition play but hold a 2-0 record in regular-season play this season. The Pilots set several school records in a 153-108 victory over Paul Quinn College earlier this season

The Tigers shot 60.3 percent from the field (44 of 73) and out-rebounded LSU-S, 62-27.

LSU guard Darrel Mitchell scored 18 points -- all in the first half -- while forwards Glen Davis and Tasmin Mitchell each had 16. Forward Tyrus Thomas added 15 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks in 16 minutes, and reserve forward Magnum Rolle scored 13 points in 17 minutes.

Tigers reserves Chris Johnson (eight points) and Alex Farrer (seven) each played well in a clean-up role. Reserve point guard Ben Voogd had five points, seven assists and a steal.

LSU-Shreveport, which shot only 28.6 percent (22 of 77) from the field, had four players in double figures scoring. Derrick Sowell led the Pilots with 15 points in 15 minutes of play. LSU-S launched 27 three-pointers, making only seven (25.9 percent).

LSU trailed by as many as six, 13-7, in the first four minutes. After coming back to tie the game at 17-17, LSU scored 12 straight points to take a 29-17 lead on a tip-in by Tasmin Mitchell with 11:14 to play in the first half.

The lead increased to 28 with two minutes to play in the half, 58-20, on a layup by Lazare.

At halftime, LSU led 61-35 behind 18 points from Darrel Mitchell and 15 by Lazare. The Tigers out-rebounded the Pilots, 31-8, and who 55.6 percent from the field (20 of 36).

In foul trouble, the Pilots never threatened in the second half. The final score was the largest margin of the game.

The Tigers open the 2005-06 regular season against Southern on Friday at 7 p.m. in the Maravich Center. Members of the Geaux Zone can watch live streaming video of this and the Nicholls State contest on Monday, Nov. 21, on LSUsports.net.

Live streaming video and audio of the contest was streamed exclusively in LSUsports.net's Geaux Zone for free to the public. The archive of the audio and video are both available at no charge as a free preview of the subscription-based sevice of LSUsports.net.

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