Before its Christmas break, No. 17 LSU hosts Lipscomb

PHOTO BY: Jonathan Mailhes

LSU closes out its non-conference schedule prior to a short Christmas break when the No. 16/17 Tigers host Lipscomb Wednesday night at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

The game tips off at 7:05 p.m. and will be broadcast on the affiliates of the LSU Sports Radio Network (Guaranty Media flagship in Baton Rouge, Eagle 98.1 FM). The game will be televised on the SEC Network with Mike Morgan and Pat Bradley on the call.

LSU (11-0), one of six teams in the history of the program to start with 11 straight victories. It is the first time since the 1999-2000 team started the season 13-0.

Entering play on Tuesday night, LSU was one of six remaining undefeated teams in college basketball.

Lipscomb (6-7) defeated Tennessee Wesleyan 98-64 on Sunday in Nashville. Jacob Ognacevic had 35 points for the Bisons, hitting 12-of-15 field goals and 9-of-16 free throws, while Tommy Murr had 20 points on 7-of-8 shooting with four treys. For the game, Lipscomb shot 58.3 percent 35-of-60) with 11 treys.

The win stopped a five-game losing streak for the school.

LSU won on a neutral court Saturday in Bossier City, 66-57 over Louisiana Tech. Tari Eason scored 10 of his 21 points in a 14-2 run by LSU to win the game late after being down 11-0 and 18-5 to start the game. LSU trailed by eight at the half and outscored the Bulldogs, 39-22, to remain undefeated.

Darius Days went over the 1,000 career point mark and he also recorded the most rebounds in a single game since 2016 when he grabbed 10 rebounds in the contest to go with 13 points. It was his 19th double double at LSU.

Xavier Pinson had 10 points as well for LSU.

LSU moved up four spots in the Ferris Mowers Coaches Poll powered by USA Today to 16 and two spots in the Associated Press media poll.

The Tigers defensively have put themselves up in the national rankings: (first in field goal percentage defense at 33.4 percent, second in scoring defense at 53.5 points, second in steals per game at 12.6 and third in scoring margin at +24.6 points).

LSU, with its eight-man rotation, has proven success with the same five expected to start for the 12th straight game – Mwani Wilkinson (3.5 ppg, 3.3 rpg) and Days (14.5 ppg, 8.7 rpg) at forwards, Efton Reid III at center (9.6 ppg, 5.8 rpg); and Pinson (10.3 ppg, 4.5 apg) and Brandon Murray (8.4 ppg, 2.7 rpg) at guards.

The Tigers come off the bench with Eason (16.3 ppg, 7.5 rpg), Eric Gaines (8.5 ppg, and 3.5) and Alex Fudge (5.0 ppg, 4.7 rpg).

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