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LSU Doubles Down on North Florida 104-52 Friday

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BATON ROUGE – The LSU men’s basketball team posted the biggest margin of victory in a contest since 2006 with a 104-52 win over North Florida Friday night at the Pete Marvich Assembly Center in the final game before the Christmas break for the team.

The Tigers defeated Nicholls 96-42 in a 2006 contest.

The game puts LSU at 8-3 with one non-conference game remaining on Thursday, Dec. 28, at Memphis. The team will return to practice on Tuesday afternoon (Dec. 26). For Coach Will Wade it was the 99th win of his college head coaching career.

LSU put the game away early after the Ospreys were able to get off to an 8-4 start before the LSU team, off its best pregame practice of the year according to Coach Wade began to get hot offensively and clamp down on UNF on the defensive end.

When Ivan Gandia-Rosa gave UNF its final lead at 11-10 with 15:43 to play in the first half, the Tigers would go on a 34-4 run that put LSU up 44-15 with 2:46 to play. LSU led by 31, 54-23, at intermission.

In the second half, it was more of the same as the lead moved to 41, 67-26, at the 16:06 mark of the second half and reached 50 points for the first time on a dunk by Randy Onwuasor, 81-31, at 11:27 left. The biggest margin was the final on two free throws by Mayan Kiir with one minute to play.

Four Tigers posted double figures with Duop Reath leading the way along with Tremont Waters with 15 points. Waters for the third time this season had 10 assists and also had four steals. Aaron Epps had 13 points and just missed a double double with nine rebounds, while Daryl Edwards added 10 points. Skylar Mays had his six-game double figure scoring streak snapped at six with six points and Kiir missed his first double figure scoring game with nine,

The only UNF player (Ospreys are now 5-10) was Trip Day with 11 points.

LSU shot 53.8 percent for the game (43-of-80) and 41.7 percent from the arc (10-of-24), while UNF was at 31.7 percent overall (19-of-60). UNF did make seven second-half threes to finish at 11 for the game.

LSU had an amazing night in the paint, getting 62 points to just 16 for UNF and LSU got 30 points off 20 Osprey turnovers while UNF did not get any points off LSU’s eight turnovers. LSU had a 19-8 advantage in second chance points.

LSU had 26 total assists for its 43 buckets.

The Tigers scored 54 first half points and 50 in the second half. The 54-23 advantage of 31 was the biggest since LSU had a 47-15 lead over Grambling at the half of a December 2008 game.

LSU’s next game in the Maravich Center will be on Jan. 3 against Kentucky to open SEC play for the Tigers. Tickets are available during the holiday break at LSUtix.net.

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