Scores

Final

LA-Lafayette 79

(4-8, 1-1 Sun Belt)

LSU 81

(11-1, 11-0 home)

    2:30 PM ET, December 31, 2008

    Pete Maravich Assembly Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

    1 2 T
    ULL 31 4879
    LSU 40 4181

    Top Performers

    UL Lafayette: R. Daigle 24 Pts, 2 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl

    LSU: T. Mitchell 25 Pts, 4 Reb, 3 Ast, 6 Stl

    LSU 81, Louisiana-Lafayette 79

    Associated Press

    BATON ROUGE, La. -- Marcus Thornton had a steal and hit three of four free throws in the final 10 seconds to seal LSU's 81-79 victory over Louisiana-Lafayette on Wednesday.

    The Tigers (11-1) won despite being outscored 55-6 by the Ragin' Cajuns (4-8) from the bench.

    Tasmin Mitchell led LSU with 25 points, connecting on 11 of 16 field goals to go along with six steals and four rebounds. Bo Spencer added 20 points, including 8 of 11 free throws, and handed out four assists. Thornton had 12 points.

    The game was close throughout the first half as LSU took a 40-31 halftime lead.

    Randell Daigle, who led the Ragin' Cajuns with 24 points, hit a double-clutch 3-pointer to make it a two-point game with eleven seconds remaining.

    Daigle connected on 5 of 8 from 3-point range. Chris Gradnigo and Travis Bureau had 13 points and four rebounds apiece.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    ULL
    LSU
    Points 79 81
    FG Made-Attempted 26-56 (.464) 27-55 (.491)
    3P Made-Attempted 11-25 (.440) 5-12 (.417)
    FT Made-Attempted 16-21 (.762) 22-31 (.710)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 24 (0/0) 18 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 1 14

    2008-09 Season

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