Tuesday , Nov , 29 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Houston stuns 25th-ranked Tigers in Baton Rouge

=== Houston stuns 25th-ranked Tigers in Baton Rouge ===

Baton Rouge, LA (Sports Network) – Oliver Lafayette scored 32 points and
Jahmar Thorpe added 14, as the Houston Cougars upset 25th-ranked LSU, 84-83,
at Maravich Assembly Center.

Lafayette shot 12-of-20 from the floor, including 6-of-9 from beyond the arc,
and Brian Latham added 12 for Houston (2-1), which won its third straight over
the Tigers.

Darrel Mitchell scored 25 points and Tyrus Thomas added 21 points and 12
rebounds for LSU (3-1), which hasn’t beaten Houston since January of 2003, an
80-51 win in Baton Rouge. Tasmin Mitchell tossed in 18 points for the Tigers.

The Tigers led 18-17 midway through the first half before going on a 9-0
spurt, capped by back-to-back layups from Glen Davis, to open a 27-17 lead.

A three-pointer by Mitchell with 1:25 left gave LSU its largest lead of the
contest at 41-28 en route to a 43-31 halftime lead.

Undaunted, the Cougars raced out of the gates in the second half, outscoring
LSU 18-3 to take a 49-46 lead. Lafayette scored 11 points during the spurt,
including two three-pointers, to help put the Cougars ahead with 15:07 left in
the contest.

Lafayette continued to cause LSU problems in the second half after he sank a
three to put Houston up by five with 12:13 remaining. Ramon Dyer’s three
with 8:08 left then gave the Cougars a 67-61 lead.

After Lafayette connected on a jumper with 2:59 left in the game, the Cougars
held their largest lead at 78-70.

The Tigers, though, scored six unanswered points to pull within two at 78-76,
but four straight Cougar points, culminated by Latham’s layup, pushed the
Houston lead back to six with 47 seconds to play.

After a Lafayette free throw put Houston ahead 83-78, Davis nailed a jumper
with three seconds left to cut the lead to three. Latham, who was fouled on
the inbounds pass, then hit one free throw to put the Cougars ahead 84-80
Thomas hit a three-pointer as time expired for the final margin.

Game Notes

Houston also won the last two years in games played in Houston…The teams
first met in Houston in 1962, a 74-73 LSU win…The Cougars lead the all-time
series, 9-5.