LSU clobbers hapless Nicholls State

Prior to facing its first ranked opponent of the season, the LSU men's basketball posted its second blowout victory over an in-state opponent. On Monday, the Tigers routed Nicholls State, 104-57, in front of a paid crowd of 7,427 in the Maravich Center.

LSU (2-0) had little trouble with the smaller Colonels, shooting 57.1 percent from the field (44 of 77) and out-rebounded Nicholls State, 59-20. The Tigers also posted 33 second-chance points and nine blocked shots.

Forward Tyrus Thomas led five Tigers in double figures scoring with 22 points on 10-of-11 shooting, grabbing 12 rebounds. Glen Davis dominated the lane with 19 points and 13 rebounds, while Darnell Lazare (16), Darrel Mitchell (13) and Garrett Temple (10) rounded out the top-five scorers for LSU.

Starting forward Tasmin Mitchell had seven points and 11 rebounds in 20 minutes of play.

Nicholls State (0-2) shot only 32.8 percent from the field (20 of 61), including 9-of-28 from three-point range. James Dixon came off the bench to score 10 points to lead the Colonels. Three others scored nine points, including forward Stefan Blaszczynski, center Chris Paige and forward Ryan Bathie.

The Colonels scored the first basket of the game, but managed only a three-pointers over the next 8:14 to fall behind 21-5 with 11:24 to play in the first half. During that span, no one on the undersized Colonels' front count could stop the 6-9, 310-pound Davis, who had eight points.

With Davis taking a breather, Thomas took over the paint with a tip-in and a 15-foot jumper.

Nicholls State scored five straight to get within 13, 27-14, but the Tigers matched with nine of their own on baskets by Davis, Darrel Mitchell, Magnum Rolle and Darnell Lazare. LSU led 36-14 with 5:42 to play before the half.

LSU scored 11 of the half's final 15 points to lead 49-20 at the break. The much bigger and faster Tigers out-rebounded Nicholls State 29-9 and shot 54.1 percent from the field (20 of 37). Davis had his double double in only 15 minutes, tallying 12 points and 11 rebounds before intermission.

Nicholls State shot only 33.3 percent (9 of 27) including 2-of-10 three pointers.

Early in the second half, a three pointer by Davis started a 10-2 run that pushed the LSU lead to 66-31 with 13:34 to play. The Tigers led by no fewer than 35 for the duration of the half.

LSU makes its first road trip of the 2005-06 season when it travels to Morgantown, W.Va., to take on No. 13 West Virginia (2-1) at 3:30 p.m. CT. On Monday, the Mountaineers lost to No. 2 Texas on a second-chance basket with three seconds to play in the Guardians Classic in Kansas City, Mo.

ESPN Regional will broadcast the game against West Virginia. Live streaming audio from the game will be available on, with the broadcast on the LSU Sports Radio Network (Eagle 98.1 FM in Baton Rouge).

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