Thursday , Dec , 28 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Tigers try to claw their way past Delta Devils

Baton Rouge, LA (Sports Network) – The 17th-ranked LSU Tigers and Mississippi
State Delta Devils are poised to compete in the second round of the Hispanic
College Fund Classic, a four-team round-robin tournament.

Mississippi Valley State reached overtime with Samford in last night’s
opening round, but the result was a heart-breaking 64-59 defeat. That
loss halted a modest two-game winning streak for the Delta Devils, who are
3-7 overall. All seven losses have come away from home for the squad.

LSU established its dominance in last night’s tournament opener with a 71-45
romp over Wright State. The Tigers, who reached the Final Four a year ago,
own an 8-3 record, and all three losses came against nationally-ranked
foes.

This game marks the first-ever meeting between MVSU and LSU on the hardwood.

Mississippi Valley State went 10 minutes without a single point during one
stretch of yesterday’s game against Samford, so that the squad was still able
to force overtime is somewhat remarkable. The Delta Devils suffered a 17-8
disadvantage in points from the foul line and shot 7-of-24 from the foul line.
Those two negatives overshadowed the fact that the team earned a 38-30
rebounding edge. Standford Speech scored 14 points to lead the way in defeat.
Tychicus Snow pitched in 11 points for the Delta Devils, who got 11 rebounds
from Kadrian Bryant. MVSU has struggled to shoot 40 percent from the floor
this season and is averaging just under 60 ppg, so there are obviously
problems in need of solutions at the offensive end.

Heading into the game against Wright State last night, LSU was averaging 74.1
ppg while limiting its opponents to 60.1 ppg on 37.1 percent shooting from the
floor. Glen Davis carried averages of 19.2 ppg and 10.5 ppg into the tilt to
pace a talented and balanced lineup. The Tigers shot 56 percent from the floor
against their overmatched opponent, including a 9-of-19 showing from three-
point range. The squad also earned a 36-26 rebounding advantage and committed
only eight turnovers in 40 minutes of action. Davis was impressive as usual,
as he totaled 26 points and 12 rebounds while shooting 10-of-13 from the
field. Dameon Mason and Terry Martin pitched in 14 points apiece for the
Tigers, but Davis is clearly the focus of the LSU team and the main source of
fear for opponents.

LSU MISSVALLEY