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December 5, 2006

Davis, LSU bring Texas A&M back to Earth

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BATON ROUGE, La. — Glen Davis scored 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to help No. 9 LSU beat sixth-ranked Texas A&M 64-52 on Tuesday night.

The first loss of the season for the Aggies (7-1) also came against their first ranked opponent. Texas A&M had won 14 regular season games previously and had not lost since being eliminated by LSU in the second round of last season's NCAA tournament.

Tasmin Mitchell added 15 points and nine rebounds for LSU (5-1), which led throughout the second half.

Antanas Kavaliauskas led the Aggies with 18 points, while Joseph Jones added 12 before fouling out late in the game.

Tack Minor's twisting layup on a baseline drive put LSU up by as much as 56-41 with 5:52 remaining.

But the momentum turned soon after with Josh Carter's three-point play on a dunk as he was fouled. The play ignited an 11-2 run, capped by Carter's driving layup, that closed the gap to 58-52 with 3:10 to go and prompted LSU to call timeout to regroup.

LSU ran down the shot clock and missed its next shot, but Davis squeezed into a crowd underneath to grab the rebound and then surged to the basket with his right hand outstretched to lay the ball in. The Aggies missed on their next two possessions, and Davis hit a pair of free throws to make it 62-52 with 47.4 seconds left.

The teams played close in a physical first half that had players tumbling to the floor often and coaches shouting wildly at times.

LSU coach John Brady was called for a technical foul after screaming that Mitchell had been fouled on what was ruled a clean block under the basket. The play sent Mitchell hard to the floor, while Brady, face contorted with aggression as he pointed at a referee across the court, had to be held back briefly by his assistants.

With a forceful inside basket in a crowd of defenders and a reverse layup, both of which drew fouls and led to three-point plays, Davis fueled a 10-2 LSU run that gave the Tigers a 21-16 lead midway through the first half.

Dominique Kirk's 3-pointer changed the momentum and started the Aggies on their own 10-2 run, which included three straight inside baskets by Kavaliauskas.

Texas A&M maintained the lead until Mitchell's 3-pointer tied it at 28. A foul shot by Garrett Temple and a pair of free throws by Mitchell put LSU up 31-28 at halftime.

The Aggies last lost in the regular season to Texas, 83-70 on Feb. 4.

For more coverage of LSU, visit TigerBait.com; for more on Texas A&M, visit WebSider.com.

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