Three-point flurry continues, LSU tops Tennessee

Collis Temple III scored a season-high 23 points Saturday as LSU got its first road win of the season with an 88-67 victory over Tennessee.<br><br>The Tigers also set a school record in hitting 17-of-27 3-pointers, including six from Temple who tied a career high.

Ronald Dupree added 22 points, including 4-of-4 from behind the arc, while Torris Bright went 5-of-8 from 3-point range to finish with 19 points.

LSU (17-9, 6-8 Southeastern Conference) bested a school record it set Wednesday, when the Tigers went 16-of-25 in 3-point shooting.

The Vols (15-10, 7-7) have now lost four in a row after a six-game winning streak. Saturday's total was the most points given up by Tennessee this season.

The Tigers went ahead 10-0 in the opening minutes and never looked back to win its third straight game.

Tennessee, down 47-33 at halftime, started the second half with a 7-2 run to cut the lead to nine with 18 minutes to go after Jon Higgins made a pair of free throws. But LSU made three straight 3-pointers to push the lead back to 18 with 16:16 remaining.

Tennessee's Stanley Asumnu drives against LSU's Xavier Whipple.
(AP Photo/Wade Payne)

The Vols couldn't stop the Tigers' outside shooting, sometimes leaving LSU players wide open behind the arc.

In one four-minute span in the second half, LSU made five 3-pointers, including two by Temple, and went ahead by 25 points.

The only bright spot for Tennessee was Higgins, who finished with 18 points, going 4-of-7 on 3-point shooting. Two of Higgins 3-pointers came in the final minutes of the first half, with his last hitting at the buzzer to cut the lead to 47-33.

LSU's Darrel Mitchell (2) tries to pass the ball under pressure from Tennessee's Elgrace Wilborn, left, and Derek Stribling. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)

Ron Slay, the SEC's leading scorer at 21.9 points a game, added 19 points for the Vols but was only 1-for-7 from beyond the arc, and Thaydeus Holden had 11 points.

Tennessee was hoping to get an at-large berth in the NCAA tournament by winning at least two of the final three games. Now the Vols will have to beat both Mississippi State and Vanderbilt to have a chance.

Slay made only two baskets and four free throws in the first half. He missed all four 3-pointers he attempted.

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