No. 10 LSU slips by Tulane
New Orleans, LA (Sports Network) – Glen Davis’ game-high 20 points and 13
rebounds helped 10th-ranked LSU survive a scare to beat Tulane, 74-67 at New
Garrett Temple contributed 18, Dameon Mason added 12 and Tasmin Mitchell
scored 11 for the Tigers (4-1).
David Gomez struck for a team-high 19, and Kevin Sims scored 12. Chris Moore
also added 12 for the Green Wave (4-3).
Tulane started off with the game’s first six points, but LSU quickly reversed
the trend, on an 11-4 burst to take their first lead of the day, 11-10, with a
little more than five minutes played. LSU built on that initial spurt, and
Temple’s lay-in with 9:26 left in the half staked the Tigers to a 23-17
However, the Green Wave gathered momentum, jumping ahead 38-27 on a Gomez
jumper with 3:08 remaining, and while the Tigers managed to hang in and close
the gap to five. Andrew Garcia’s make with 10 seconds left boosted Tulane to
a solid 42-36 lead at intermission.
Tulane continued to play well at the outset of the second half, upping their
lead to eight, 47-39 on a Danny Puckett free throw with 15:35 left. The
Tigers finally sprung to life, wresting control of the game to take a 58-49
lead thanks to a 19-2 run ending midway through the half.
Throughout the remainder of the contest, Tulane did not lose their composure,
clawing back within four points, 71-67, as Gomez sank a shot from in-close
with 1:08 to go. LSU closed out the game with the final four points on shots
by Tack Minor and Mason for the seven-point win.
Today’s game is the 207th all-time meeting in this long-standing series, and
the fifth straight year that these two teams have met on the hardwood, with
LSU winning the last four games…LSU picked up the win despite shooting 40
percent (25-of-62) from the field, while Tulane hit for 49 percent (27-
of-55)…LSU did win the battle of the boards, 43-29.