LSU managed to survive a second-half Georgia rally to beat the Bulldogs 68-63 in the first game from Nashville today. Tigers led by as many as 23 points in the first half. Georgia cut the lead to three points and had a chance to tie but when a long three-point attempt from Kentavious Caldwell-Pope failed, LSU iced the game with two late free throws.
Pope led all scorers with 32 points and 13 rebounds. Shavon Coleman led LSU with 24 points. Johnny O’Bryant added a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds.
- Georgia shot 28% from the field – made just 16 of 56 shots from the floor. LSU shot 43% from the floor.
- One of the ways the Bulldogs stayed in the game – the free-throw line. Georgia made 23-of-30 free throws (76%), LSU made just 13-of-28 free throws (46%).
- Georgia dominated the boards – outrebounding LSU 45-31.
- But LSU won the turnover battle. Georgia committed 11 turnovers, LSU just five.
LSU advances to play Florida tomorrow.