No. 19 Tigers tangle with Northwestern La. Tuesday night in PMAC

PHOTO BY CHANSEY AUGUSTINE

College basketball’s best defensive team to date in the 2021-22 season takes the floor at 6 p.m. in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center when unbeaten LSU hosts Northwestern (La.) State.

The 9-0 Tigers, ranked No. 19 in the Associated Press poll and No. 20 in the Coaches poll, lead the nation in field goal percentage defense at 33.9 percent (169-of-498) and in scoring defense allowing just 53.7 points.

LSU is a perfect after a 69-53 victory over Georgia Tech Saturday night at State Farm Arena in Atlanta in the Holiday Hoopsgiving games. Northwestern State won for the second time this season with an 89-67 win over Dallas Christian.

LSU outscored Georgia Tech 60-29 over the final 27 minutes of the game after the Yellow Jackets opened a 15-point first-half lead. Tari Eason, who was the SEC Player of the Week, had 16 of his career high 23 points in the second half and Darius Days pulled down 10 second-half rebounds to take control of the game.

Xavier Pinson added 13 points and six rebounds, while Brandon Murray added 10 points.

LSU has won 19-of-26 previous meetings with LSU winning 11 times since the series was renewed back in 1989. The teams last met in December 2019.

The Tigers have won 25 consecutive contests against Louisiana schools entering the game.

Freshman center Kendal Coleman leads the Demons in scoring at 15.9 points a game for longtime coach Mike McConathy in his 23rd season in Natchitoches.

Tickets are available online at LSUTix.net and all-day Tuesday at the LSU Athletics Ticket Office. Upper concourse ticket windows at the Maravich Center will open at 5 p.m.

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