LSU 81, Georgia 52
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP)—Darrel Mitchell made five first-half 3-pointers and scored 24 points as LSU defeated Georgia 81-52 Wednesday.
Darrel Mitchell, who sat out the final nine minutes, made 9-of-13 shots from the field, including 5-of-7 from behind the 3-point line. The five 3-pointers matched his season high.
The Tigers (13-5, 5-0 SEC) equaled their best conference start in 25 seasons. Glen Davis and Tyrus Thomas each scored 13 points, while Tasmin Mitchell had 11.
Dave Bliss led the Bulldogs (12-7, 2-4) with a season-high 12 points. Levi Stukes, Georgia’s leading scorer, finished with four points—eight below his season average.
LSU came out blazing against the Bulldogs and knocked down seven of its first 10 shots in taking an 18-2 lead. The Tigers made four 3-point shots during that stretch. Darrel Mitchell made two of those long range baskets.
After a basket by Channing Toney slightly more than one minute into the game, Georgia missed its next 12 field goal attempts. The six-minute scoring drought ended on a layup by Bliss.
The Tigers went on another run to almost double their advantage in the final eight minutes of the first half. Holding a 16-point lead, LSU outscored the Bulldogs 21-6 to take a 50-19 halftime lead.
Darrel Mitchell, who scored 17 first-half points, made two 3-pointers and a layup, while Davis had two field goals and converted a three-point play during this period of time.
Georgia missed all 11 of its 3-point field goal attempts, while shooting just 22 percent from the field in the first half. The Bulldogs, who did not reduce their deficit to fewer than 30 points until the final seconds of the game, made 31 percent of their field goal attempts for the game.
The 29-point victory margin was the largest for the Tigers in a SEC game since they beat Auburn 94-63 in 2003. LSU, which matched its season best with seven 3-pointers, shot 51 percent from the field.