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December 29, 2006

Davis leads No. 17 LSU over Samford

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BATON ROUGE, La. - Glen Davis scored 19 points to lead No. 17 LSU to a 60-45 victory over Samford on Friday in the final game of the Hispanic College Fund Classic.

Davis, who scored 64 points in the Tigers' three tournament victories, was selected the Most Valuable Player. Against the Bulldogs, Davis was 7-of-13 from the field and he had nine rebounds.

In a slow-paced game, Tasmin Mitchell and Dameon Mason joined Davis in double figures. Mitchell had 13 points, while Mason finished with 11.

Randall Gulina, who made four 3-pointers, led Samford (6-6) with 14 points. No other Bulldogs player scored more than nine points.

The Tigers (10-3) made five straight shots to start the second half and more than double their four-point halftime advantage. Mitchell had a pair of field goals and Garrett Temple hit a 3-pointer as LSU took a 37-28 lead with 14:33 left in the game.

Samford closed the deficit to 38-36 on back-to-back 3-pointers by Gulina and Travis Peterson.

The Tigers then went on the game-deciding run. Baskets by Mason and Terry Martin started a string of nine consecutive LSU points. Davis made a pair of free throws before Mitchell knocked down a 3-pointer to put the Tigers ahead 47-36.

The Bulldogs went scoreless for five minutes.

Samford dictated tempo in the first 20 minutes and prevented LSU from going off on a huge run. The Tigers took only 24 shots in the first half against the Bulldogs' matchup-zone defense.

Samford stayed in the game and pulled within 23-21 on a 3-pointer by Gulina.

LSU, which made two baskets in the final eight minutes of the half, took a 25-21 lead into halftime when Mitchell hit a jumper with 3 seconds remaining.

For more coverage of the LSU Tigers, check out TigerBait.com.

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