The Tigers are 4-0 on the year and have now won 69 straight games against Louisiana schools at the Maravich Center and the win means the streak, which started on Dec. 8, 1988, will stretch over 20 full years as LSU will not play another Louisiana school until Dec. 13 against Grambling State.
The Tigers for the third straight game moved out quickly on the Invitational opponent, scoring six points in the first two minutes on free throws by Mitchell, a dunk by Johnson and a layup by Mitchell. Centenary got on the board with a bucket by Jerrald Bonham at the 17:27 mark.
LSU ran off five points to take the margin to nine at 11-4 but the Gents continued to play aggressively and had the LSU lead at just 19-13 just under the 10 minute mark as LSU did not remain sharp as the half progressed.
Delwan Graham got a layup underneath to make it 21-13 and then Farrer hit a baseline jumper as the clock ticked under eight minutes to push the lead to 10, 23-13. Farrer off a steal flipped an off-balance lay in to increase the margin to 25-13 with 7:05 to play. The latest run came with the second five of Terry Martin, Chris Bass, Alex Farrer, Storm Warren and Delwan Graham in the game.
The starting five returned with still the 25-13 lead, but Centenary’s Adams hit a three to cut it to 25-16. Garrett Temple hit a trey with 1:38 to go in the half to make LSU’s lead, 30-18. At the half, LSU led 34-22, as Bo Spencer went one-on-one in the final 15 seconds for a layup.
In the second half, LSU held a 12-15 point advantage through most of the first seven minutes before a 14-3 run pushed the margin out to 24 at 61-37 with 5:44 to go.
Centenary would outscore LSU, 21-3, over the remainder of the game with the starters out of the contest.
The Tigers are 3-0 with one game remaining in the LSU Invitational, Sunday night at 6 p.m. against Troy. Troy will play its first game of the second weekend of the two-weekend event Saturday at 4:30 p.m. against Northwestern State, a winner earlier in the day against Alcorn State to run its record to 2-1 in the five-team event. Troy is 1-1 and Centenary, 1-5 on the year, falls to 1-2 in the Invitational, going into a 7 p.m. game Saturday at the PMAC against Alcorn State.