Tigers run out of gas at Florida 71-62

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - The LSU Tigers fought hard but couldn't hold on as No. 7 Florida managed a 71-62 Saturday at the O'Connell Center in Gainesville.

The Tigers (16-7, 8-2 SEC) led by as many as six points 51-45 with 12 minutes left to play. However, the Gators (21-3, 7-3) turned up the full court pressure outscoring LSU 26-11 the rest of the way posting the nine-point victory.

Glen Davis led LSU with 16 points as the Tigers battled foul trouble most of the afternoon. Davis finished the game with four fouls as did Tyrus Thomas, who sat most of the game and scored just two points in the game.

Darrel Mitchell had a slow day scoring just 11 points on 5 of 16 shooting. Darnell Lazare was a bright spot scoring 10 points going 5 of 8 from the floor. Tasmin Mitchell scored 14 points, but like Darrel Mitchell, was slow shooting going 5 of 11.

LSU built an early lead with a 20-14 advantage midway through the first half. But the Gators responded and the teams were tied 37-37 at the half.

Florida was the agressor right out of the gates in the second half building a six-point lead of their own. But LSU went on a 12-3 run and built a 51-45 advantage.

But that was the beginning of the end for the Tigers.

Florida got back to back three-pointers from Taurean Green and Lee Humphrey, which was the turning point for the Gators.

Lazare hit back to back floaters closing the gap to 67-60, but LSU would get no closer.

Al Horford and Joakim Noah each scored 16 points to lead Florida. Humphrey chipped in 13 points, including a 3 of 4 clip from beyond the arch.

The teams were even on the boards with both LSU and Florida each pulling down 38 rebounds a piece.

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