Friday , Dec , 29 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Tigers try to scratch out fourth straight win

Baton Rouge, LA (Sports Network) – The 17th-ranked LSU Tigers are the host
team of the Hispanic College Fund Classic, a four-team round-robin event,
and they will play their third game in three nights when they tip off against
Samford this evening.

The Bulldogs began play at this event by beating Mississippi Valley State, but
the squad fell to Wright State last night in a 61-50 final. That setback
halted a four-game win streak for Samford, which is 6-5 overall this season.

LSU crushed Wright State on the first day of this tournament and was even more
dominant in Thursday’s 92-58 beating of Mississippi Valley State. The Tigers
are now 9-3 overall, and all three of their losses have come against
nationally-ranked opponents. LSU owns a 2-1 edge in the all-time series with
Samford, although the Bulldogs did win the most recent meeting back in 1996.

Despite shooting 52.4 percent from the floor in the first half of last night’s
game against Wright State, Samford trailed by five points at intermission. The
Bulldogs weren’t nearly as efficient offensively in the second half, as they
connected on only 28.6 percent of their field goal attempts over the final 20
minutes. A 28-19 rebounding disadvantage contributed to the defeat, as did the
fact that Samford permitted Wright State to shoot 55.6 percent from the floor
overall. Randall Gulina scored 16 points for the Bulldogs, while Travis
Peterson and Curtis West tallied 11 points apiece in the loss. Gulina is
averaging 19.5 ppg this season on 50 percent shooting from the floor, but the
Bulldogs are posting a mere 61.6 ppg as a team. Jerry Smith (12.2 ppg) and
Peterson (11.6 ppg) provide some offensive balance.

Heading into last night’s game against Mississippi Valley State, LSU was
scoring 73.8 ppg on 46.3 percent shooting from the floor while limiting
opponents to just 58.7 ppg on 36.9 percent efficiency. The Tigers connected on
56 percent of their field goal attempts while limiting the Delta Devils to 39
percent. LSU scored 21 points off 17 turnovers in a game that was never really
close. The Tigers scored the first 15 points of the tilt and never looked back.
Glen “Big Baby” Davis carried averages of 19.8 ppg and 10.6 rpg into last
night’s tilt, and he has recorded back-to-back double-doubles. Davis made it
three in a row with 19 points and 13 boards against the Delta Devils. Tasmin
Mitchell posted 17 points for LSU, and Dameon Mason pitched in with 13 points.