KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Marcus Thornton scored 29 points to lead
LSU to a 79-73 win over Tennessee on Wednesday night.
LSU (16-4, 4-1 Southeastern Conference) held a 14-point lead
with 12:44 left, but Tennessee scored the next 13 points to pull
within one point. With 4:44 left, Josh Tabb kicked the ball out to
a wide-open Wayne Chism at the top of the arc, and he knocked down
a 3 to give the Vols a 69-67 lead.
Thornton followed with a layup to tie it at 69. The teams would
again tie at 71, but Thornton was fouled by Tabb as he hit a
jumper. He hit the subsequent free throw to take a 74-71 lead with
The Vols (12-7 3-2) missed three shots trying to regain the lead
and began fouling with 1 minute left, but the Tigers hit five final
Bo Spencer added 15 points for LSU. Chris Johnson had 14 points
and 14 rebounds, and Tasmin Mitchell had 10 points.
It was Thornton whose turnover led to JaJuan Smith's winning
basket with 11 seconds left in Tennessee's 47-45 win at Baton Rouge
LSU scored the first four points and used a 7-1 run, sparked by
four points from Thornton, to take an 11-3 lead with 16:23 left in
the first half. The Tigers were in total control of the first half,
shooting 56.7 percent from the field.
A 3-point shot by Spencer gave the Tigers a 26-16 lead with
11:19 left before the break.
Tennessee used free throws to trim LSU's lead to five points
eight times in the last 10 minutes of the first half, but couldn't
get any closer. A Tyler Smith layup with 11 seconds left cut the
Tigers' lead to 43-38 at halftime.
Chism led Tennessee with 19 points, and Emmanuel Negedu added