Shavon Coleman and Johnny O'Bryant III each added 13 points
and six rebounds for Louisiana State (20-13). The Tigers will
play next at Southern Methodist, a 68-54 winner over UC Irvine
earlier Wednesday, in the second round on Monday night.
Cole Dickerson scored a game-high 24 points and also grabbed
eight rebounds for San Francisco (21-12). Tim Derksen scored 12
points and Kruize Pinkins finished with seven points and a
game-high 10 rebounds for the Dons, who connected on just
Martin had 14 points in the first half to help Louisiana State
take a 33-30 halftime lead. The Tigers led by as many as eight
points, 20-12, after a Shane Hammink dunk, but Dickerson scored
seven points to fuel a late 9-2 run to help San Francisco close
to within a point before Tigers guard Anthony Hickey ended the
half with a twisting drive to the basket.
LSU, which connected on six of its first 10 3-point attempts in
the second half, extended its lead to 61-45 with a little over
eight minutes to go. The Dons used a 13-4 run to close to within
68-62 with two minutes to go, but the Tigers sealed the win with
a pair of free throws by Coleman and another by guard Andre
Stringer, who finished with nine points.
GAME NOTEBOOK: San Francisco's last win over an SEC school came
on Nov. 28, 1981 when the Dons upset No. 16 Georgia, 92-84. ...
Louisiana State improved to 17-1 when leading at halftime this
season. ... The Dons finished with a 40-34 rebounding edge
including 15 offensive boards which led to a 9-4 advantage in
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