Nicholls State 57

(0-2, 0-2 away)

LSU 104

(2-0, 2-0 home)

    8:00 PM ET, November 21, 2005

    Pete Maravich Assembly Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

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    NICH 20 3757
    LSU 49 55104

    Top Performers

    Nicholls St: J. Dixon 10 Pts, 3 Reb, 1 Stl, 2 Blk

    LSU: T. Thomas 22 Pts, 12 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl, 2 Blk

    LSU 104, Nicholls State 57

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- Glen Davis had a double-double by halftime, finishing with 19 points, in sparking LSU to a 104-57 non-conference victory against Nicholls State on Monday night.

    Davis, who dominated the lane, also had 13 rebounds, two assists and two blocked shots as the Tigers jumped out to a 49-20 halftime advantage.

    "Glen Davis did a great job establishing our team on the boards," LSU coach John Brady said. "He really went after the ball."

    LSU (2-0) took control of the game with a 15-0 run early in the first half. Tyrus Thomas started the spurt with a layup after a pass from Darrel Mitchell to put the Tigers ahead 8-5. Davis then asserted himself during a four-minute stretch in which he made two free throws, converted a three-point play and made a layup.

    "I was just in the right place at the right time," said Davis. "The ball came out and I was right there. It was a big step for us to make our presence on the boards."

    The Tigers, who had a major size advantage, out-rebounded the Colonels 59-20. LSU also scored 33 second-chance points and shot 57.1 percent from the field.

    "I'm not sure we had the meat in the lane to hold them off of the boards," Nicholls State coach J.P. Piper said. "My worst fears proved true tonight. How do you tell a kid that is giving up 60 pounds not to get shoved under the basket? I told our kids at one point in the second half that it isn't like this in the Southland Conference."

    The Tigers took their first 30-point lead at 56-26 on a field goal by Davis less than three minutes into the second half. A basket by Thomas gave LSU its first 40-point advantage at 85-45 with slightly more than seven minutes remaining in the game.

    Thomas put the Tigers at the 100-point mark and gave them their first 50-point advantage with a three-point play with 3:10 left in the game. LSU's largest lead of the contest was 52 points after a basket by Chris Johnson with 2:16 remaining.

    "The game was won tonight the way I wanted to win it," Brady said. "We didn't play as well as I wanted against Southern (LSU's season opener). We responded tonight defensively."

    Nicholls State (0-2) had only one player score in double figures. James Dixon finished with 10 points after he was credited with a basket on a goal tending call at the final buzzer. The Colonels made just 33 percent (20-of-61) of their field goal attempts.

    Three other Tigers scored at least 10 points -- Darnell Lazare had 16, Mitchell added 13 and Garrett Temple had 10. Mitchell had a career-high nine assists as he continued in his role as the starting point guard replacing Tack Minor, who is suspended for the first six games of the season.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 57 104
    FG Made-Attempted 20-61 (.328) 44-77 (.571)
    3P Made-Attempted 9-28 (.321) 5-16 (.313)
    FT Made-Attempted 8-10 (.800) 11-20 (.550)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 17 (0/0) 11 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 2 50

    2005-06 Season

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