HOOPS REVIEW: A game-by-game account of 05-06

Here is a game-by-game account of the Tigers march to the 2006 SEC Title, NCAA Tournament and the program's first Final Four in 20 years.

Friday, Nov. 18, 2005

LSU 84, Southern 56

Maravich Center

Baton Rouge, La.

In his first collegiate outing, Tasmin Mitchell scored 19 points to lead LSU to a victory in the season opener versus cross-town foe Southern.

Record: 1-0


Monday, Nov. 21, 2005

LSU 104, Nicholls 57

Maravich Center

Baton Rouge, La.

Tyrus Thomas scores 22 points, and the Tigers shoot 57 percent from the floor as LSU blows out the Colonels by 47.

Record: 2-0


Saturday, Nov. 26, 2005

LSU 71, No. 13 West Virginia 68 (OT)

WVU Coliseum

Morgantown, W.Va.

Darrel Mitchell hit a pair of clutch threes in overtime as LSU posted its first road win over a ranked team since 2004, knocking off No. 13 West Virginia.

Record: 3-0


Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2005

Houston 84, No. 25 LSU 83

Maravich Center

Baton Rouge, La.

Baton Rouge native Oliver Lafayette hit six threes and scored 32 points in leading Houston's one-point upset of the No. 25-ranked Tigers.

Record: 3-1


Saturday, Dec. 10, 2005

LSU 90, McNeese 70

Maravich Center

Baton Rouge, La.

Despite 27 turnovers and being out-rebounded 44-41, LSU managed a 20-point blowout of McNeese.

Record: 4-1


Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2005

LSU 94, New Orleans 53

Maravich Center

Baton Rouge, La.

Darnell Lazare set a career high in scoring 20 points, and Glen Davis pitched in a double-double (20 points, 16 rebounds) in blasting the Privateers by 41.

Record: 5-1


Saturday, Dec. 17, 2005

LSU 81, Louisiana-Lafayette 62

Maravich Center

Baton Rouge, La.

LSU and Louisiana-Lafayette combined for 38 turnovers and 37 personal fouls, but the Tigers still routed the Cajuns by 19.

Record: 6-1


Monday, Dec. 19, 2005

Northern Iowa 54, LSU 50

Maravich Center

Baton Rouge, La.

Glen Davis and Darrel Mitchell combined for 25 points, but the rest of the Tigers shot only 27 percent as LSU fell to mid-major power Northern Iowa.

Record: 6-2


Thursday, Dec. 22, 2005

LSU 75, Arkansas-Monticello 48

Valley High Gym

Las Vegas, Nevada

LSU battled UAM's 40-minute zone defense, but Darrel Mitchell scored 18 points to lead LSU to the victory over the Division II Boll Weevils.

Record: 7-2


Friday, Dec. 23, 2005

Cincinnati 75, LSU 72

Valley High Gym

Las Vegas, Nev.

LSU led most of the way, out-rebounded the Bearcats 38-25 and outscored them in the paint 40-20, but a late three-pointer gave Cincinnati the come-from-behind victory.

Record: 7-3


Saturday, Dec 31, 2005

Ohio State 78, LSU 76

Schottenstein Center

Columbus, Ohio

LSU's Tyrus Thomas had 14 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks in the loss to the Buckeyes. Ohio State trailed by 10 with 2 1/2 minutes remaining before making every big play imaginable – and scoring the final 12 points – down the stretch.

Record: 7-4


Tuesday, Jan. 03, 2005

LSU 75, Tulane 58

Maravich Center

Baton Rouge, La.

The LSU Tiger basketball team rebounded from what Coach John Brady called a "casual" start to the game to defeat the Tulane Green Wave, 75-58. Tyrus Thomas led LSU in scoring with 20 points and just missed a fourth straight double-double with nine rebounds.

Record: 8-4


Saturday, Jan. 07, 2006

Connecticut 67, LSU 66

Hartford Civic Center

Hartford, Conn.

LSU again put up the fight of their lives on the home court of a nationally-ranked team, but fell in the closing seconds, 67-66. This close loss forced LSU into national spotlight.

Record: 8-5


Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2006

LSU 63, Arkansas 58

Bud Walton Arena

Fayetteville, Ark.

Tasmin Mitchell scored 19 points, including a key jumper in the final minute, and LSU held off Arkansas 63-58 to open conference play.

Record: 9-5


Saturday, Jan. 14, 2006

LSU 88, Tennessee 74

Maravich Center

Baton Rouge, La.

The Tigers come away with a huge victory at home against the Volunteers that pays greatly further down the season. With the win, LSU held the tiebreaker over Tennessee.



Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2006

LSU 71, Mississippi State 57

Humphrey Coliseum

Starkville, Miss.

Glen Davis had 17 points, Darrel Mitchell added 15 and LSU beat Mississippi State 71-57.

Record: 11-5


Saturday, Jan. 21, 2006

LSU 68, Alabama 57

Maravich Center

Baton Rouge, La.

The LSU men's basketball team overcame a double-digit first-half deficit and used a 14-2 run late in the second half to cruise by Alabama and remain undefeated in conference play.

Record: 12-5


Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2006

LSU 81, Georgia 52

Maravich Center

Baton Rouge, La.

The talent-laden but still unranked LSU men's basketball team entertained a sold-out Maravich Center, building a 31-point halftime lead before mauling the Georgia Bulldogs, 81-52. This contest was nothing more than a highlight reel for Tyrus Thomas.

Record: 13-5


Saturday, Jan. 28, 2006

LSU 79, Ole Miss 73

Tad Smith Coliseum

Oxford, Miss.

LSU's Tasmin Mitchell had a three-pointer and a steal in the final two minutes, while Darrel Mitchell scored 10 of his game-high 28 points in the final 5:19 to lead the LSU men's basketball team past Ole Miss, 79-73.

Record: 14-5


Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2006

LSU 84, Auburn 69

Maravich Center

Baton Rouge, La.

The 24th-ranked LSU men's basketball squad fought off a scrappy Auburn team to remain perfect in Southeastern Conference play, 84-69, in front of 11,131 at the Maravich Center.

Record: 15-5


Saturday, Feb. 4, 2006

Alabama 67, LSU 62

Coleman Coliseum

Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Alabama's Ronald Steele made six straight free throws in the final two minutes to hold off a Tigers rally and break 24th-ranked LSU's 13-game SEC winning streak, 67-62.

Record: 15-6


Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2006

LSU 78, Arkansas 77

Maravich Center

Baton Rouge, La.

Darrel Mitchell made 235 three-pointers at LSU up until this contest, but there may be none bigger than the 235th he hit with 11.2 seconds to play to rally LSU to a 78-77 win over Arkansas at the PMAC.

Record: 16-6


Saturday, Feb. 11, 2006

Florida 71, LSU 62

Stephen C. O'Connell Center

Gainesville, Fla.

Joakim Noah and Al Horford each scored 16 points, and No. 7 Florida rallied for a 71-62 victory over LSU, snapping a three-game losing streak to the Tigers.

Record: 16-7


Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2006

LSU 72, Mississippi State 59

Maravich Center

Baton Rouge, La.

The LSU men's basketball team added another "W" to the win column as they rebounded against rival Mississippi State, 72-59.

Record: 17-7


Saturday, Feb. 18, 2006

LSU 65, Auburn 61

Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum

Auburn, Ala.

Tasmin Mitchell hadn't scored in the first 39:30 of the game, but LSU coach John Brady still called his number again at the end of the game. The freshman scored off a set play with 30 seconds to play to give the No. 25 LSU men's basketball team a 65-61 victory over Auburn.

Record: 18-7


Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2006

LSU 77, Vanderbilt 66

Memorial Gymnasium

Nashville, Tenn.

Darrel Mitchell scored 21 points and No. 24 LSU beat Vanderbilt 77-66 to clinch a second straight Southeastern Conference Western Division title.

Record: 19-7


Saturday, Feb. 25, 2006

LSU 71, Kentucky 67

Maravich Center

Baton Rouge, La.

Making 14 of 16 free throws in the final 7:24, the No. 24 LSU men's basketball team defeated Kentucky for the first time in six seasons, 71-67, during the SEC's Retro Week in front of 11,576 at the Maravich Center. Tyrus Thomas leaves the game with an ankle injury.

Record: 20-7


Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2006

LSU 64, South Carolina 61

The Colonial Center

Columbia, S.C.

No. 21 LSU wins a share of the SEC regular season championship on Mardi Gras Day as the Tigers defeat South Carolina 64-61.

Record: 21-7


Saturday, March 4, 2006

LSU 55, Ole Miss 52

Maravich Center

Baton Rouge, La.

Davis scored 15 points and made five throws down the stretch to help No. 21 LSU hold off Mississippi 55-52 in preparation for the SEC Tournament.

Record: 22-7


Friday, March 10, 2006

LSU 92, Vanderbilt 73

Gaylord Center

Nashville, Tenn.

Tyrus Thomas watched from the bench, and point guard Darrel Mitchell tied a season-low with six points, but Glen Davis matched his career-high of 28 points and finished with 13 rebounds to lead the Tigers to a 92-73 victory over Vanderbilt in the SEC Tournament quarterfinals Friday.

Record: 23-7


Saturday, March 11, 2006

Florida 81, LSU 65

Gaylord Center

Nashville, Tenn.

Taurean Green scored 18 points to lead five Gators in double figures and No. 16 Florida downed 17th-ranked LSU 81-65, helping the defending champions advance to the tournament title game for the third straight year and sixth time overall. It's off to the NCAA Tournament.

Record: 23-8


Thursday, March 16, 2006

LSU 80, Iona 64

Veterans Memorial Arena

Jacksonville, Fla.

The SEC player of the year heated up at just the right time for the fourth-seeded Tigers, who overcame a sluggish start to beat No. 13 seed Iona 80-64 in the first round of the Atlanta Regional.

Record: 24-8


Saturday, March 18, 2006

LSU 58, Texas A&M 57

Veterans Memorial Arena

Jacksonville, Fla.

With the clock running out on the team's hopes, the Tigers' lone senior made a long 3-pointer with 3.9 seconds remaining to give the SEC regular-season champions a 58-57 victory over Texas A&M in the second round of the Atlanta Regional.

Record: 25-8


Thursday, March 23, 2006

LSU 62, Duke 54

Georgia Dome

Atlanta, Ga.

The Tigers sent J.J. Reddick home crying as they upset basketball powerhouse Duke, 62-54. Everyone in America now knows who Glenn "Big Baby" Davis and Tyrus Thomas are.

Record: 26-8


Saturday, March 25, 2006

LSU 70, Texas 60

Georgia Dome

Atlanta, Ga.

LSU did the unthinkable when they took Texas to overtime, dominated them in the extra quarter, and then advanced to the Final Four. The "Big Baby" and Tyrus Thomas mystique grows even larger.

Record: 27-8


Saturday, April 1, 2006

UCLA 59, LSU 45

RCA Dome

Indianapolis, Ind.

The Bruins outplayed the Tigers with a smothering defense and ended LSU's magical season, 59-45. The 45 points for LSU were the second-lowest total in the Final Four since the NCAA adopted the shot clock in 1986.

Record: 27-9


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