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Mitchell’s Hot Second-Half Lifts LSU

November 30, 2006

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) _ Garrett Temple had 17 points and Tasmin Mitchell scored 14 of his 16 in the second half, leading No. 10 LSU to a 91-57 win over McNeese State on Wednesday night.

Temple shot 7-of-12 from the field and hit three 3-pointers for the Tigers (3-1). Glen Davis made only three field goals but hit nine free throws to finish with 15 points. Reserve guard Ben Voogd scored a career-high 12 points, and Darnell Lazare added 11.

Aldryan Wardell paced McNeese State (2-5) with a season-high 16 points. John Ford, who made three 3-pointers in the first half, had 13.

Jarvis Bradley, the Cowboys’ leading scorer, was held to six points _ eight below his season average.

The Tigers used a couple of scoring flurries in the first 10 minutes to take control.

LSU ran off eight straight points to take a 10-2 lead four minutes into the first half. A couple of minutes later, the Tigers scored 12 consecutive points to go ahead 23-6. Alex Farrer and Temple made 3-pointers during that stretch.

LSU led 38-22 at halftime and made sure the Cowboys didn’t stage a comeback by opening the second half with a 16-6 run in the first five minutes. During that span, Davis converted a three-point play and made a pair of free throws as the Tigers built a 54-28 lead.

McNeese State got no closer than 24 points the rest of the way.

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