Beavers Can't Comeback Against LSU

Dec. 17, 2006

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) -Glen Davis had 22 points and 13 rebounds and No. 12 LSU fought off a late Oregon State rally for a 60-53 victory Sunday.

Garrett Temple added 17 points for the Tigers (6-2).

LSU led by as many as 16 points in the second half, but the Beavers closed the gap to 50-42 on Jack McGillis' 3-pointer with 6:02 left. Sasa Cuic's 3-pointer got Oregon State to 52-47.

After Davis made a free throw, Josh Tarver had a layup and a foul shot to narrow it to 53-50. Kyle Jeffers could have put Oregon State closer but he missed a pair of free throws with 2:06 left. Tack Minor hit a 3-pointer and Davis had a hard-fought layup as LSU pulled away for the win.

Tarver led the Beavers (6-5) with 13 points. Marcel Jones had 12.

Both teams got off to slow starts.

Davis didn't score through the first 10 minutes of the game, and was demonstratively disappointed when a chance he had under the basket bounced off his foot and out of bounds.

But once Davis did hit one, it sparked an 12-3 run for the Tigers that put them ahead 17-11. Davis would go on to score 13 in the first half.

Jeffers' turnaround jumper tied it at 20 for the Beavers, but Temple's layup and Davis' 3-pointer gave LSU a 25-20 lead at the break.

Oregon State made just eight of 29 shots from the floor (27.6 percent) in the first half, and 32.8 percent for the game.

Oregon native Ben Voogd, who plays for LSU, hit a 3-pointer that made it 44-28.

Oregon coach Jay John got so frustrated he was called for a technical.

LSU forward Darnell Lazare returned after missing two games with a sprained ankle, but he did not start. Sophomore Magnum Rolle started in his place.

The Tigers were coming off a 76-75 overtime loss to Texas last weekend.

The Beavers had won their last two games, against Bethune-Cookman and Western Oregon.

LSU leads the series against Oregon State 4-1. On Dec. 22, 1969, LSU's Pete Maravich hit 30 of 31 free throws and scored 46 points in a 76-68 victory in Corvallis.

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