Tigers whip Dawgs- still perfect in SEC

The talent-laden but still unranked LSU men's basketball team entertained a sold-out Maravich Center on Wednesday night, building a 31-point halftime lead before mauling the Georgia Bulldogs, 81-52.

The Tigers improved to 13-5 overall and 5-0 in SEC play for the first time the 1980-81 season. That year, LSU won 17-straight to open conference play.

LSU senior guard Darrel Mitchell led four Tigers in double figures scoring with 24 points on 9-of-13 shooting including 5-of-7 three-pointers.

Glen Davis and Tyrus Thomas each had 13, while Tasmin Mitchell added 11.

For the first time since a reconfiguration of the Maravich Center seating, the arena was sold out (13,468).

Georgia's Dave Bliss was the only Bulldog in double figures scoring with 12 points. Georgia shot only 31 percent from the field (21 of 67).

The Bulldogs fell to 12-7 overall and 2-4 in SEC play.

LSU dominated from the opening tip, taking a 15-2 lead on 6-of-9 shooting before Georgia was saved by a media timeout at the 15:45 mark of the half.

A Tasmin Mitchell three pointer coming out of the timeout increased the advantage to 18-2.

After making their first shot of game, the Bulldogs missed 14 straight before a Dave Bliss layup with 12:38 left in the half -- a scoreless span of 6:20.

Georgia cut the LSU lead to 22-9 on a layup by Bliss, however, Darrel Mitchell hit a pair of three pointers to key a 10-4 run and push the lead to 32-13 with 7:26 on the first-half clock.

LSU continued to poor it on the Bulldogs as the half wore, building difference to 31 at the half on an alley-oop from Darrel Mitchell to Thomas, a three-pointer by Darrel Mitchell and another break-away layup by the senior guard as the half ended.

The Tigers led 50-19 at the break.

The trends in LSU's favor continued early in the second half, as the Tigers' lead expanded and Georgia failed to score from anywhere outside the paint.

The highlight of the half may have been an off-the-dribble whipped behind-the-back pass from LSU reserve guard Ben Voogd to Darnell Lazare that brought the Retro crowd back to the days of "Pistol" Pete Maravich, for whom the arena is named.

The fast-break dunk gave LSU a 67-31 lead with 11:17 left.

Georgia would get no closer than the final margin of 29.

LSU returns to action on Saturday, Jan. 28, when the travel to Oxford to face Ole Miss at 2 p.m. CT.

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