Mitchell breaks 3-point record

Darrel Mitchell scored 16 points while breaking the school's career three-point record as LSU knocked off the Mississippi State Bulldogs 72-59 Wednesday night at the Pete Maravich Center.

At the 10:12 mark of the second half, Mitchell drained career three-pointer No. 237 surpassing Torris Bright's previous record of 236 set during Mitchell's freshman season at LSU.

It was a record night for Mitchell, but the game was anything but memorable. LSU (17-7, 9-2 SEC) shot a miserable 38.3-percent from the floor, which was almost four full points better than the Bulldogs 34.4 mark on the night. The teams combined for 29 turnovers and 42 personal fouls.

"Final score 72-59 LSU," said LSU coach John Brady. "That's the best thing. I am a happy camper. "Defensively, I felt like we were good enough o win the game. We had opportunities, but just missed shots that we usually would have made."

Mississippi State (12-12, 2-9) bolted out to a 12-2 advantage. But the Tigers mounted a 27-6 run, took its first lead - 18-6 - on Mitchell's first of two three-pointers at the 10:16 before going into the half leading 34-27. During the run, LSU made 14 straight free throws.

"We finally got to the foul line," Brady said, "even though I thought we would never get the foul line after what I watched the first few minutes."

LSU led by as many as 18 points, 55-37, at the 10:12 mark of the second, subsequently on Mitchell's record-breaking three-pointer. But the Bulldogs clawed back making things interesting when Reginald Delk buried back to back threes and close the gap to seven points 63-56.

But LSU hung strong outscoring the Bulldogs 9-3 the rest of the way en route to the 13-point victory.

Glen Davis led the way for LSU scoring 19 points along with 13 rebounds. Mitchell had 16 points, six rebounds and six assists, although he had a rough night from the floor shooting a meager 4 of 14. He also struggled from the free throw line making 6 of 11 shots including a span of five consecutive missed free throws. Tyrus Thomas bounced back from a miserable performance at Florida with 16 points and 13 rebounds, including a 7 of 11 clip from the floor and a nice touch from the perimeter.

"I kind of went into a slump the last three or four games," Thomas said. "I refocused and came out and played with more energy. "I have been working on it (outside shot) from about a month now. Teams have been backing off leaving me out there and I want to make them pay for it."

It was a bizarre game of sorts in which five technical fouls were called. Brady was whistled just 50 seconds into the game for the first technical, while Stansbury got t'd up in the second half.

"I got a technical foul and I deserved it," Brady said. "I wanted them to know (officials and team) I wasn't happy with the way things were going," Brady said. "Glen Davis ended up shooting six free throws and it should have been 16. I got the technical early on and Rick Stansbury got one too. He obviously saw something he didn't agree with as well."

Davis actually left the game midway early in the second half with a cut on his left arm. He returned wearing a No. 55 jersey, different from his usual No. 0, which was splattered with blood.

Thomas got tagged with a tech for trash-talking after a dunk and Tasmin Mitchell and Jamont Gordon got called for a double-technical.

"It was crazy out there," Mitchell said. "Coaches got technicals. Players got technicals and I couldn't make free throws."

LSU maintains a two-game lead in the SEC Western Division over Alabama and are a single game back of SEC leader Tennessee as they head to Auburn for a 5 p.m. contest Saturday.

"We've won a couple of them like that this year, but I won't to focus on the fact that we won that game by 13," Brady said detracting from the sloppy end of the game. "We are 9-2 in the league and have a chance to win the (SEC) outright if we can take care of business."

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