Johnny O'Bryant and Andre Stringer each fired in season-highs with 18 points as the LSU men's basketball team capped its season-opening six-game homestand unblemished with an 80-67 victory over Chattanooga Tuesday at the Maravich Center.
Johnny O'Bryant posted another double-double
It was LSU's (6-0) first action after a 12-day break for final exams. The Tigers have won their first six games for the first time since the 2008-09 campaign and are one of 14 undefeated teams in the nation.
O'Bryant also hauled in 10 rebounds for his third consecutive double-double and the last LSU player to collect three consecutive double-doubles was Storm Warren to start the 2009-10 season.
Stringer, who hit 7-of-14 from the field, buried a quartet of triples and dished out four assists with an increased presence due to Anthony Hickey’s suspension.
"I was really pleased with the guys' effort after a 12-day layoff, and an emotional game against Seton Hall, and then taking a break and preparing for finals,” said head coach Johnny Jones. “It is really difficult to have practices because we never really had our full complement of players in practice.”
Corban Collins chipped in career-best with 11 points and distributed three assists to give the Tigers three player in double figures.
LSU eclipsed the 70-point barrier for the sixth consecutive game and registered 19 assists on 30 baskets. The Tigers checked in with a 47.6 shooting clip (30 of 63) compared to a 37.3 percent effort (25 of 67) for Chattanooga. LSU also held a 46-39 rebounding edge and notched a 38-20 advantage in the paint.
Stringer, making his first start of the season, sparked a key 19-4 run late in the second half. LSU had built an early 15-point second half advantage which was trimmed down to 55-53 on a Z. Mason three-pointer with 11:30 remaining.
On LSU's next possession, Stringer nailed a deep triple of his own. He also added a mid-range jumper to spark 11 straight Tiger points to make it 66-53 at the 7:41 mark.
“They hit a couple of threes on us, got a couple of and-ones and built their confidence,” Stringer said. “We looked up, and the score was close. I got open and hit a three, which helped us build the momentum up.”
O'Bryant continued the flurry with a traditional three-point play on a dunk off a Shane Hammink feed. A Collins lay-up ended the spurt and gave LSU its largest lead, 74-57, with 3:49 remaining.
Andrew Del Piero made all three of his field goal attempts to total seven points to go along with four rebounds and three blocks.
The Mocs (2-7) were paced by Mason's 22 points and Ronrico White's 17 points, both career-highs. Gee McGhee added 10 points for Chattanooga, which lost its third straight game.
LSU embarks on a three-game road swing Friday at Boise State. Tip-off is slated for 8 p.m. CT from Taco Bell Arena.