LSU routs in-state rival Southern University
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP)—Anthony Randolph, Marcus Thornton and Chris Johnson combined to score 64 points for LSU on Friday in the Tigers’ 88-45 win over cross-town rival Southern University.
LSU (5-2) shot 53.8 percent for the game. After turning the ball over nine times in the first half, the Tigers had just three in the second half. Southern (1-4) shot 24.6 percent for the game and the Tigers out rebounded the Jaguars, 52-35.
Randolph, a freshman, had a double-double and a career high in points with 24 and 11 rebounds. He also blocked five shots.
Thornton added 22 and Johnson 20. The last time three LSU players were over 20 points in a game was Jan. 15, 2005, when LSU defeated Ohio State at home in double overtime, 113-101.
Darrel Mitchell had 32 points, Brandon Bass 29 and Antonio Hudson 20.
Southern was led by Barry Honore, who had 14 points.
The Jaguars had a couple of leads early in the game, the last at the 15:17 mark at 10-8, before the Tigers took the lead for good on a 3-pointer and dunk by Thornton and a layup by Johnson that made it 15-10.
LSU got it to double figures at 24-14 at the 6:54 mark and led 31-21 at halftime.
The Jaguars briefly closed it to eight on two free throws 38 seconds into the second half but LSU went on a 14-4 run that upped the lead to 20 points five minutes deep and had its biggest lead of the night at the final margin when walk-on Greg Terrebonne hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer for his first career LSU points.
Terry Martin was the fourth player in double figures for LSU with 11.