LSU avoids upset with 78-72 win over Chaminade in Maui Invitational

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LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP)—Freshman forward Anthony Randolph scored 21 points, including two big free throws with 18 seconds to play, to lead LSU to a 78-72 victory over Chaminade on Tuesday in the consolation round of the EA Sports Maui Invitational.

The Tigers (3-1) held on for the win despite making one field goal over the final 5:40 of the game and going 1-for-5 from the free-throw line in the final two minutes until Randolph’s gave them a 76-72 lead.

LSU will play Arizona State, which beat Princeton 61-42, for fifth place on Wednesday.

Chris Johnson, who had a career-high 19 points in the Tigers’ 83-77 first-round loss to Oklahoma State, finished with 18 points and 11 rebounds and Terry Martin had 13 points.

Hayden Heiber was 7-for-10 from 3-point range and had 25 points for the Silverswords (1-2), while Rodrick Johnson had 11 points and 13 rebounds and Marko Kolaric added 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Chaminade, the Division II host of the tournament in its 24th year, dropped to 4-65 all-time with the last victory coming over a undermanned Villanova in 2003. The Silverswords lost 74-63 to No. 11 Marquette in the first round.

The Silverswords led 41-36 at halftime and there were three lead changes and three ties in the opening five minutes of the second half until the Tigers took the lead for good at 49-47 on a rebound basket by Garrett Temple with 15:02 to play.

LSU took advantage of a cold-shooting spell by Chaminade to go up 67-57 on a putback by Johnson with 7:52 left. The Silverswords were able to get close as the Tigers went on their own cold streak form the field and the foul line.

Heiber’s seventh 3 made it 74-72 with 36 seconds to go. Randolph made his big free throws 18 seconds later and after a turnover by Chaminade, Temple added two more for the final margin.

Randolph, who averaged 15.5 points in the Tigers’ first two games, had just five points in a foul-plagued 26 minutes against Oklahoma State. He finished 9-for-14 from the field and 3-for-4 from the foul line and grabbed nine rebounds against Chaminade.

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9 Rebs, 2 Assists
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