Saturday , Dec , 23 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

LSU tries to continue dominance of Pelican State foes

Baton Rouge, LA (Sports Network) – The 12th-ranked LSU Tigers kick off a five-
game homestand today, as they host the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs in non-
conference action from the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

The Tigers recently concluded a brief two-game road swing on the West Coast
with an 88-72 setback at nationally-ranked Washington on Wednesday. It was
the second loss in the last two outings by LSU, which slipped to 6-3
overall. On a positive note, the team now returns home, where it has posted
a 4-1 mark thus far. Another thing the Tigers have going for them is that
they have won 63 straight games against Louisiana schools at the Pete
Maravich Assembly Center.

Ironically, the Bulldogs were the last Louisiana school to beat LSU at the
Maravich Center, posting a 111-109 overtime triumph back in 1988. That game
marked LTU’s only win in 10 all-time meetings against the Tigers. The
Bulldogs however, don’t appear to be much of a threat to end that streak
today, as they bring just a 2-8 record into the contest. The squad has
dropped its last two outings and five of six overall, including an 82-73
setback to Centenary on Thursday.

The Bulldogs shot a solid 50.0 percent from the field and dominated the
boards, 37-23, but that still wasn’t enough for them to overcome 19 costly
turnovers in a nine-point setback to Centenary. Chad McKenzie and Trey
McDowell each had 19 points to pace LTU in defeat. On the season, McKenzie
leads the club in both scoring (11.9 ppg) and rebounding (7.1 rpg), while
Marcus Elliot chips in with 10.7 ppg. As a team, the Bulldogs have struggled
at the offensive end of the floor, averaging just 60.0 ppg on a lackluster
39.3 percent shooting from the field.

The Tigers are one of the most well-rounded teams in the nation, and they come
into the game averaging a solid 74.8 ppg off 45.8 percent shooting from the
floor. The team is also outrebounding its opponents by 7.0 rpg, in addition to
holding them to a dismal 37.3 percent shooting from the field. Glen Davis, who
has 34 career double-doubles to his credit, has been a force in the low post
once again this season and he currently leads the team in both scoring (18.8
ppg) and rebounding (10.1 rpg). Tasmin Mitchell ranks second to Davis with
15.2 ppg and 6.8 rpg, while Garrett Temple adds 12.3 ppg and a team-best 3.4
apg. In the team’s last game, LSU was actually outworked on the boards,
getting outrebounded 44-34, including 21-14 on the offensive glass of its 16-
point setback to Washington. Mitchell guided the squad in defeat with 20
points and three assists. Davis however, was held to just eight points, which
snapped a string of 48 straight games in double figures.