The Tigers (6-3) won for the fifth time this year against Louisiana competition at the Maravich Center, extending for another season the home winning streak against state schools that now totals at 67 straight dating back to Dec. 8, 1988. This was the final home game against a state school that LSU will play this year although LSU will face Tulane in the New Orleans Arena on Jan. 2.
Marcus Thornton led LSU with 22 points in 24 minutes, hitting four treys, one of four players in double figures for LSU. Colby Bargeman led the Demons (4-7) with 15 points, but Jerry Moody led all rebounders with 14 boards, including six offensive, more than the entire LSU squad.
Thornton scored the game's first five points, and LSU never trailed. He was 7-for-15 on field goals, including four 3-point shots, grabbed five rebounds and made three steals.
The Tigers also got 16 points from Chris Johnson, who was 6-of-8 from the field. Terry Martin had three 3-pointers and 15 points; Anthony Randolph made 13 points and a team-high eight rebounds.
Colby Bargeman had a season-high 15 points for the Demons. Trey Gilder, who entered the game with a 17-point average, missed eight of 10 field goal attempts and scored only seven points.
Johnson and Northwestern State turnovers gave the Tigers a 39-24 halftime lead, and the Demons never got closer than eight points in the second half.
With LSU holding a four-point lead in the first half, Johnson scored 12 of the team's next 16 points. Northwestern State, which was averaging 19 turnovers a game, committed 14 in the first half, and the Tigers converted them into 15 points, finishing with 27 points off 21 turnovers.
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