Tigers win 71-45
Glen Davis #0 & LaMarcus Aldridge #23 (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Posted Dec 28, 2006

The No. 17 LSU men's basketball team outscored Wright State, 35-17, over the final 20 minutes and won its first-night game in the Hispanic College Funds Classic Wednesday night with a 71-45 win over Wright State.

Glen Davis matched his season high of 26 points with 12 rebounds as the Tigers improved to 8-3 and Wright State fell to 5-6.

In the opener of the tournament, Samford needed overtime to win its fourth straight game, 64-59, over Mississippi Valley State.

In Thursday night's second session of round-robin play, Samford will take on Wright State at 5 p.m. with LSU and Mississippi Valley State to meet at 7:30 p.m.

Davis hit 10-of-13 field goals and for the first time hit more than one three pointer in a game, hitting his first three attempts before finishing 3-of-5 at the arc. Dameon Mason and Terry Martin each had 14 points for LSU, which had 19 assists to just eight turnovers with eight blocks. LSU hit 56 percent for the game from the field (28-of-50) and 9-of-19 (47.4 percent from the arc).

Wright State was led by the 17 points of DaShaun Wood. The Raiders shot 34.5 percent from the field (19-of-55) and 4-of-13 from the arc.

The Raiders didn't turn the ball over in the first 20 minutes of play and managed to state close to the Tigers, training just 36-28 at the intermission. LSU came out smoking from the field, shooting over 70 percent for the first 12 minutes of the second half and used a 10-0 run to boost the margin to 60-34 with 11:25 to play and eventually led by as much as 28, 71-43, in the final two minutes.

"Just from sitting on the bench and getting a feel for our team, that was as good as I have felt since the Texas A&M game," said LSU Coach John Brady. "We approached the game unselfishly and I think we you are unselfish on offense, you are better at getting balls in the basket.

“We had 19 assists and 28 field goals and that is pretty good. We had good player movement and good ball movement. We shot well for the most part and took care of the basketball. Our challenge now is to get some rest and to do it again (Thursday)."

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