Speaking on his post-game show, Vol head man Buzz Peterson said LSU played ''a heck of a game. When they shoot the ball that well, they're hard to defend with their quickness.''
The Vol boss conceded, however, that ''We did not play defense very well.''
Tennessee trailed just 38-34 at halftime and 41-39 early in the second half. When Jaime Lloreda, LSU's top player, went to the bench with four fouls moments later, however, the Tigers went on a run. They outscored UT 24-11 over a 10-minute stretch, turning a 49-45 lead into a 73-56 cushion. Darryl Mitchell and Antonio Hudson hit two 3-pointers during the decisive run.
''I liked the way our guys played the first half,'' Peterson said. ''We've just got to battle a little bit harder the second half.''
Mitchell scored 21 points to pace LSU, now 15-4 overall and 5-3 in league play. Lloreda added 18 points and Hudson 17. The Tigers had scored 80-plus points just twice previously this season -- versus McNeese State and vs. Louisiana-Monroe.
Tennessee returns to action Saturday, hosting Georgia Tech at 3 p.m.