BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- Brandon Bass scored 29 points, including
12 during a pair of overtime periods, as LSU beat Ohio State
113-101 on Saturday night.
Bass' free throws initiated an 8-0 run to open the second
overtime period as the Tigers, which had forced the first overtime
on Darrel Mitchell's 3-pointer at the end of regulation, finished
with their highest scoring total since the 1994-95 season. The
victory was also LSU's first in a double-overtime contest since the
Bass, who also had 10 rebounds, was one of five LSU players in
double figures. Mitchell scored 32 points, Antonio Hudson had 20,
Tack Minor had 17 points and 10 assists, and Glen Davis added 15
and 11 rebounds.
LSU, which made 29 of 31 foul shots, was 7-of-8 on free throws
at the end of the second overtime to ice the victory.
Ivan Harris and Je-Kel Foster led Ohio State with 20 points
each. Foster shot 6-of-7 on 3-point attempts, including one that
tied the score at 93 with three seconds left in the first OT.
Terence Dials and Tony Stockman each had 17 points, J.J. Sullinger
scored 13 and Brandon Fuss-Cheatham scored 10.
Ohio State shot 55.7 percent from the field, while LSU made 52.1
percent. The Buckeyes made 18 of 34 3-point attempts.
LSU outrebounded Ohio State 43-23 and outscored the Buckeyes
36-22 in the paint. The Tigers also had 27 points off 19 Ohio State
Ohio State (12-5) shot almost 54 percent from the field in the
first half, but hit a five minute chill in the second half. After
Harris' jumper at 17:44 put the Buckeyes ahead 50-49, Ohio State
did not score again until Foster's 3-pointer at 13:06. By that time
LSU (8-5) had run off to a 59-50 lead.
LSU led by as many as seven inside the last five minutes of
regulation, but a 3-pointer by Harris with 3:57 remaining pulled
Ohio State to 75-71.
Stockman's 3-pointer with 1:39 left tied it again at 77.
Davis fell rebounding the ball and was called for traveling.
Ohio State came down court and gave it to Stockman in his favorite
spot. He hit a 3-pointer to make it 80-77 Ohio State.
The Tigers got it to Hudson deep in the left corner but his
3-point attempt hit the rim and was rebounded by Jaman Butler for
Ohio State with 28 seconds left.
The Buckeyes turned the ball over on a pass, and after a
timeout, Mitchell hit a 3 to tie it at 80 with six seconds left to
send it into overtime.
LSU jumped to a 6 point lead early in the first half, but Ohio
State chipped away at the lead, tying it an 31 with 5:20 left. The
Tigers were up 45-43 at halftime.