Tuesday , Feb , 28 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Davis leads LSU to win over Gamecocks in SEC battle

Columbia, SC (Sports Network) – Glen Davis recorded 24 points and 10 rebounds
as the 21st-ranked Louisiana State Tigers hung on to defeat the South Carolina
Gamecocks, 64-61, at the Colonial Center.

Tasmin Mitchell tallied 20 points for the Tigers (21-7, 13-2 SEC), who won
their fifth game in a row to guarantee at least a tie for the SEC regular-
season title. Darrel Mitchell added 11 points in the win.

Tarence Kinsey scored 21 points, shooting 5-of-10 from three-point territory,
for the Gamecocks (14-14, 5-10), who lost their fourth straight game. Brandon
Wallace was the only other South Carolina player to score in double figures
with 11.

Trailing by six at halftime, the Tigers scored the first seven points of the
second half to grab the lead, 35-34. Tasmin and Darrel Mitchell each nailed
three-pointers during the run.

South Carolina answered back, scoring the next five points to retake the lead,
39-35, with just over 13 minutes left to play. Rocky Trice’s layup capped
the scoring.

The game remained close the rest of the way, as neither team took a lead
larger than three.

A Kinsey trey gave the Gamecocks the lead, 57-56, with less than three minutes
to play. On the next possession, Davis dropped in a jumper as the Tigers
retook the lead, 58-57, with just over two minutes left.

After a Kinsey miss, South Carolina began to foul LSU to force the Tigers to
make free throws down the stretch.

Darrel Mitchell then went to the free throw line and missed the front end of a
one-and-one, giving the Gamecocks another chance. Tre Kelley, though, missed a
three-pointer at the other end South Carolina was forced to foul Tasmin
Mitchell, who made both free throws to push the LSU lead to three, 60-57, with
just over a minute to play.

Kelly then missed another three-pointer, and the Gamecocks sent Tasmin
Mitchell to the line again. This time, he only hit one and the Tigers led by
four with 40 seconds left.

On the Gamecocks’ next possession, Kinsey converted two free-throws to cut the
lead in half, 61-59. Tasmin Mitchell then went to the line again, where he
converted one-of-two with 31.8 seconds remaining.

With just 2.5 seconds remaining, a Wallace tip-in brought the Gamecocks within
one, 62-61, but Davis hit a pair from the charity stripe to seal the victory.

South Carolina outscored the Tigers in the first half, 34-28.

Game Notes

Trice and Kelly each tallied nine points for the Gamecocks…South Carolina
still owns the all-time series lead, 11-8…The Gamecocks shot 43 percent from
three-point territory, while the Tigers shot 38 percent…LSU won the
rebounding battle, 35-34.