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|LSU 82, Saint Joseph's 65
|UTEP 78, Tennessee 70
|Missouri 78, Northwestern 67
Balanced Effort Lifts LSU Past St. Joe's, 82-65
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- The LSU men’s basketball team used a balanced scoring effort headed by Andre Stringer’s 18 points to secure an 82-65 victory over Saint Joseph’s Thursday in the final quarterfinal of the Old Spice Classic at the HP Field House.
With the win, LSU (4-1) advances to face No. 21 Memphis in Friday’s semifinal round. Tip time will be at 4:30 p.m. CT on ESPN2. The Tigers had seven players collect at least five points.
LSU has won 13 of its 16 non-conference games under head coach Johnny Jones and amassed 80-plus points in its first five games for the first time since the 1990-91 SEC championship season.
The Tigers shot 30-of-57 (52.6 percent) and buried 10-of-22 (45.5 percent) from three-point territory. LSU also was a solid 12-of-15 (80.0 percent) at the free throw line.
Saint Joseph’s (2-2) was 25-of-56 (44.6 percent) from the floor. The Hawks entered the game averaging nine three-pointers per game, but misfired on 16 of its 19 attempts (18.8 percent).
Stringer has reached double figures in LSU’s first five games. He also dished out a season’s best six assists, one shy of a career-high.
Jarell Martin tacked on a career-best 15 points aided by 4-of-5 shooting and a 5-for-5 effort at the foul line. Jordan Mickey secured his fourth double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds.
LSU also received a solid all-around performance from Johnny O’Bryant III. He provided 11 points, eight rebounds, three assists, two steals and a block.
Making his second straight start at point guard, Anthony Hickey tallied nine points and three assists. Shavon Colman garnered eight first-half points for the Tigers.
After four ties and seven lead changes during the game’s first eight minutes, LSU ripped off a 20-5 spurt to seize control and a 36-22 lead at the 6:55 mark behind its strong bench play. Coleman poured in all eight of his points sparked by a pair of triples, and Malik Morgan scored five points to lead the charge. The run was capped by a coast-to-coast driving lay-up by O’Bryant III that he finished with the left hand.
LSU took a 46-30 lead into the locker room. A big reason was eight three-pointers by five players and nine assists on 18 first half baskets.
The Tigers extended their lead to 51-30 during the opening moments of the second half after a Martin three-ball and an O’Bryant III dunk.
Saint Joseph’s got as close as 54-44 on a Langston Galloway jumper with 11:14 remaining. The Tigers answered with a Hickey triple and a Stringer jumper over the next minute to go back up by 15.
LSU kept its double digit advantage the rest of the way and made all six of its free throws during the final 30 seconds to complete the 82-65 win.
LSU meets No. 21 Memphis in the first semifinal and second game of day two of the Old Spice Classic. Tip time is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. CT, and the game will be televised by ESPN2.
The LSU Sports Radio Network will broadcast the game on Tiger 100.7 FM in the Baton Rouge area due to LSU’s football game versus Arkansas and inside the Geaux Zone at LSUsports.net/live. Jordy Hultberg, Ricky Blanton and Kevin Ford will call the action.
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Vols Fall To UTEP In Bahamas, 78-70
PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas -- Tennessee suffered a 78-70 defeat to UTEP at Imperial Arena in the first round of the Battle 4 Atlantis. The Miners' defenses of a triangle-and-2 and box-and-1 caused havoc with the Vols' offense most of the game as UT shot 34.9 from the floor including 3-of-21 from 3-point range. UTEP shot 58 from the floor.
Jordan McRae led the Vols (3-2) with 22 points while Jarnell Stokes posted his 20th career double-double with 13 points and 13 rebounds. Josh Richardson added 13 points.
UTEP (4-2) had four players in double-figures: McKenzie Moore (19), John Bohannon (16), Julian Washburn (12) and Justin Crosgile (12)
The Vols were hurt by poor free-throw shooting, making just 23-of-39 for 59 percent.
The one positive for the Vols was their rebound work as Tennessee out rebounded the Miners, 45-28, including a 26-6 edge on the offensive glass. The Vols' total was the most since they grabbed 28 vs. the College of Charleston on Dec. 31, 2010.
Down by 15 points with less than seven minutes left, the Vols rallied to cut the margin to nine on a quick personal 6-0 burst by McRae with 5:25 left.
Tennesse continued to battle and reduced the deficit to seven on a dunk by Stokes with three minutes left at 65-58, but UTEP quickly responded with a fast break lay-up.
McRae's pair of free throws brought UT within six at 67-61 with 2:35 left. That was the closest the Vols would get in the second half.
A 3-pointer by Crosgile regained a three possession lead for UTEP, 70-61.
UTEP maintained at least a 7-point lead for the rest of the way to secure its first-ever win over Tennessee.
UTEP took a 15-point lead on a Moore layup with 6:45 left in regulation. That put the Miners ahead 60-45.
The Miners opened the second half on a 10-4 run to take a 14-point lead for the first time at 46-32, five minutes into the half.
UTEP closed off the first half strong to hold a 36-28 lead at intermission. The Miners scored 16 of the final 23 points in the period.
The Miners took advantage of efficient shooting from the floor, making 16-of-29 for 55.2 percent, while the Vols were mired in a 9-of-32 half for 28 percent. UTEP outscored the Vols 11-2 in points off turnovers.
Tennessee dominated the boards in the first half with a 27-15 advantage. That included a 15-3 edge on the offensive glass.
Down 19-12, the Vols ripped off eight points in a row to regain the lead at 20-19 as freshman Darius Thompson knocked down the first 3-pointer of his career with 5:39 left in the first half.
Tennesse fell behind 17-10 with a little more than nine minutes left in the first half on a Matt Willms layup.
The Vols will face Xavier for the second time in six games this season in the consolation bracket on Friday at 1 p.m. The game will air on AXS.tv and can be heard on the Vol Network. The Musketeers posted a 67-63 win in the season opener played in Cincinnati on Nov. 12.