|Men's Basketball RESULTS
|Auburn 92, Grambling State 42
|LSU 80, Chattanooga 67
Auburn Blows Past Grambling State
AUBURN, Ala. – Frankie Sullivan and Rob Chubb turned in strong performances for a second consecutive game for Auburn, and the Tigers cruised to a 92-42 win over Grambling State on Tuesday night.
In Auburn’s last contest against DePaul, Sullivan and Chubb combined for 45 points in a loss. Both players scored in double-figures once again against Grambling, scoring 10 apiece while combining for seven rebounds. Noel Johnson and Jordan Price led the way offensively for Auburn (3-5) with 14 points apiece, and Chris Denson dropped 13 of his own thanks to a 5-for-6 six shooting night from the field.
Auburn held a 12-point advantage following the first half, but the Tigers blew it wide open in the second half to put the game out of reach for Grambling State (0-7). After scoring a modest 27 points in the first 20 minutes, Auburn busted loose for 65 in the final 20 minutes and coasted to the finish line without ever being tested. As a team, Auburn shot 54 percent for the game, including a 45.8-percent mark from long distance.
Grambling State was led by guard Derron Hobbs, who scored 11 points, but nothing came easy on the offensive end. Hobbs hit on just 3-of-11 shot attempts, and the Tigers connected on just 16-of-51 as a squad (31 percent). Terry Rose chipped in eight points for GSU, while Roman Higgins and Peter Roberson scored five apiece.
Auburn will return to action on Saturday when Furman comes to town for a 7 p.m. tip-off.
LSU Stays Unbeaten With Win Over Chattanooga
BATON ROUGE, La. – Johnny O’Bryant III posted a double-double for LSU on Tuesday night and the Tigers rolled past Chattanooga, 80-67.
O’Bryant III dropped 18 points against the Mocs thanks to a 50-percent shooting night and also hauled in a game-high 10 rebounds to go along with three blocks. O’Bryant’s stat-stuffing game helped LSU (6-0) avoid any rust that could have accumulated since it last hit the court on Nov. 29 against Seton Hall.
O’Bryant III was not the only Tiger to have a big night, as guard Andre Stringer had an almost identical night on the offensive side of the floor for LSU. Stringer connected on 7-of-14 field goal attempts – the same tally as O’Bryant III – and also scored 18 points in the winning effort. As a team LSU shot nearly 50 percent from the field in the win, and the Tigers connected from beyond the 3-point line on nine occasions to help subdue the Mocs (2-7).
Zaccheus Mason did his best for Chattanooga in Baton Rouge, dropping a game-high 22 points against LSU to go along with six rebounds. Mason shot over 50 percent on the evening, but the rest of the Mocs were unable to find an offensive rhythm on the way to a 37 percent shooting night as a unit.
Ronrico White scored 17 in the losing effort for Chattanooga in 28 minutes, but ultimately White and Mason’s combined 39 points could not keep the Mocs within striking distance.
LSU was one of only 14 remaining Division I teams with an unbeaten record entering the night, and the Tigers’ perfect record will live to see another day.