Pre-game notes

LSU will be looking to improve to 6-0 on the season when the Tigers take the court tonight against Cal State Fullerton at 7 p.m. at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

LSU (5-0) vs. Cal State Fullerton (3-4)

Dec. 2, 2008, 7 p.m. CST (LSU Sports Radio Network, FSN)

Pete Maravich Assembly Center -- Baton Rouge, La.


Probable Starters



G - 5 Marcus Thornton (6-4, 205, Sr., Baton Rouge, La.) 15.8 ppg, 4.4 rpg

G - 14 Garrett Temple (6-6, 190, Sr., Baton Rouge, La.) 5.8 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 3.6 apg

G - 11 Bo Spencer (6-1, 185, So., Baton Rouge, La.) 11.8 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 2.2 apg

F - 1 Tasmin Mitchell (6-7, 235, Jr., Denham Springs, La.) 11.0 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 1.8 apg

F - 21 Chris Johnson (6-11, 210, Sr., Montross, Va.) 11.0 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 3.2 bpg


Cal State Fullerton

G - 1 Josh Akognon (6-1, Sr., Petaluma, Calif.) 24.4 ppg, 1.7 apg

G - 22 Jacques Streeter (6-0, Fr., Las Vegas, Nev.) 8.9 ppg, 5.3 apg

G - 11 Marcio Lassiter (6-2, Sr., San Francisco, Calif.) 8.8 ppg, 3.3 rpg

F - 24 Gerard Anderson (6-6, Jr., Los Angeles, Calif.) 12.6 ppg, 7.7 rpg

F - 42 Papa Guisse (6-8, Jr., Louga, Senegal) 5.6 ppg, 5.3 rpg





LSU’s game with Cal State Fullerton Tuesday night will be the closing part of the Tigers’ six-game homestand before they have to break for 10 days for final exams.


The last time out, LSU defeated Troy 92-57 to improve to 5-0 on the year, while Cal State Fullerton toppled Charlotte 92-84 in overtime on Sunday to move to 3-4 on the year.


The Tigers will be trying to open with six straight wins for the first time since the 2003-04 season.


This will be just the second time that Cal State Fullerton has faced an SEC team in basketball, having lost to Auburn in 1982.


Bob Burton is 95-64 in his sixth year at Cal State Fullerton, while Trent Johnson is undefeated in his first year with the Tigers.


Tonight’s guest captain is the school's No. 1 all-time rebounder and the No. 2 scorer, Durand "Rudy" Macklin, and he will present the game ball to the officials.


LSU was 9-6 a year ago at the PMAC and in 572 games is 428-145 (74.7 percent). LSU is now 224-31 in non-conference games (87.8 percent) at home.


Garrett Temple is eighth all-time in assists at 366 and needs two to move past Darrel Mitchell into seventh place.


Chris Johnson has 97 blocks and is seventh all-time at LSU. He is three short of becoming the sixth player in LSU history to block 100 career shots.


Marcus Thornton's 32-point performance against Troy marked the fourth time in his career that he went for 30 or more points in a game.


For the season, LSU’s five opponents have shot just 32.5 percent from the field (98-of-302) and just 31-of-108 from behind the arc (28.7 percent).


LSU is shooting 45.3 percent from the field (140-of-309) and 40 percent (32-of-80) from three-point range.


The Tigers are outrebounding their opponents by an average of 13 rebounds a game. On the offensive glass, LSU has an 86-68 advantage over the opposition.


LSU has 88 assists and 64 turnovers on the year.


Defensively, the Tigers have forced 73 turnovers and opponents have 35 assists on the season.


LSU is hitting 73.4 percent from the foul line.


The Tigers average 80.6 points a game and are holding opponents to 57 a game.

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