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Gamecocks Grind Out 63-48 Win Over LSU
02/20/2020 11:33pm

COLUMBIA, S.C.&nbspAP&nbspAliyah Boston&nbsphad 13 points, nine rebounds and five blocks as No. 1 South Carolina held off pesky LSU 63-48 on Thursday night for its 20th straight victory.South Carolina 26-1, 13-0 Southeastern Conference seemed well on the way to doing what its done so often this season - take a quick first-quarter lead and count on its defensive tenacity to stay in front.This time, though, LSU came right back at the Gamecocks with pressure of its own to keep things tight the first two quarters.But the 6-foot-2&nbspMikiah Herbert Harrigan&nbspand 6-5 Boston got going inside in the third quarter as the Gamecocks finally put the Tigers 18-7, 8-5 away.Herbert Harrigan had 12 points and&nbspZia Cooke&nbsp11 for South Carolina.Boston had five points as South Carolina went on a 12-1 run in the third period to open up a 46-31 lead. The Tigers could not answer back and lost its 10th straight to South Carolina.LSU made things sticky at first. The Tigers forced 13 turnovers in the first two quarters. South Carolina had come in averaging that many miscues a game this season.The Gamecocks missed seven of their final eight shots before halftime and finished the second quarter with just nine points - their first single-digit period since scoring nine points in their only loss to Indiana back in November.LSU was down 25-14 after South Carolinas&nbspVictaria Saxtons&nbspscored a basket early in the second quarter. The Tigers went on a 12-5 run the next seven minutes to cut into South Carolinas lead, but the Gamecocks still led 32-26 at halftime.South Carolina tightened things up after halftime with just three more turnovers the final two quarters to continue its winning run.Jailin Cherry led LSU with 13 points.THE BIG PICTURELSU: The Tigers showed plenty of grit in hanging with South Carolina as long as they did. But once the Gamecocks tightened things up after halftime, LSU struggled to maintain that edge. The Tigers struggled inside and had 11 shots blocked.South Carolina: The Gamecocks moved a step closer to regaining their SEC regular-season crown they havent won since 2017 - their NCAA Tournament winning season. South Carolinas next victory with three games remaining clinches at least a share of the SEC title. Second-place Mississippi State has two losses, including one to the Gamecocks.GAMECHANGERThe Gamecocks powered out of halftime with a 11-2 opening to the third quarter, capitalizing on LSU turnovers and quick missed shots and scoring eight of those 11 points in the paint.&nbspKEY STATSouth Carolina shot 72.7 percent 8-of-11 in the third quarter with forwards&nbspAliyah Boston&nbspand&nbspMikiah Herbert Harrigan&nbspcombining for 15 of the 20 points in the period.&nbspUP NEXTLSU will host Georgia on Sunday in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center. Permalink Comments

Coach O leads off SEC Media Days in mid-July
02/20/2020 1:15pm

The SEC set the dates and speakers for the start of the college football season and once against LSU head coach Ed Orgeron will lead off the list of head coaches.SEC Media Days is returning to Atlanta for the second time and the Tigers as well as a number of new coaches will be the hot topics discussed on July 13-16 at the College Football Hall of Fame and Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center.Below is a list of which coaches will be speaking on specific days, but does not indicate a specific time that they will be speaking. &nbsp2020 SEC FOOTBALL MEDIA DAYS SCHEDULEMONDAY, July 13 Florida &ndash Dan MullenLSU &ndash Ed OrgeronMissouri &ndash Eliah DrinkwitzTUESDAY, July 14Georgia &ndash Kirby SmartKentucky &ndash Mark StoopsOle Miss &ndash Lane KiffinVanderbilt &ndash Derek Mason&nbspWEDNESDAY, July 15Alabama &ndash Nick SabanArkansas &ndash &nbspSam PittmanMississippi State &ndash Mike LeachTennessee &ndash Jeremy Pruitt&nbspTHURSDAY, July 16Auburn &ndash Gus MalzahnSouth Carolina &ndash Will MuschampTexas A&M &ndash Jimbo Fisher &nbspOf note from the conference:Only seven times since 1992 has the SEC Media Days predicted champion proceeded to win the SEC Championship, &nbspwhich includes three of the last six seasons. Only twice in history, the last of which was 2018, have both the SEC Championship Game participants and eventual champion been predicted correctly. Out of 260 possible voters in 2019, LSU received three votes to win the SEC Championship.Permalink Comments

Brusly's Tyler Theriot handcuffs Tigers to help Nicholls earn win
02/19/2020 11:04pm

THIBODAUX - The LSU Tiger bats never got going on Wednesday night and a former Baton Rouge area pitcher had a lot to do with that and the Nicholls Colonels 4-2 win.&nbspNicholls starting pitcher Tyler Theriot played his high school ball at Brusly, just across the river from Alex Box Stadium, but in the Tigers first mid-week game of the year he looked more at home in Ray Didier Field than anyone might have imagined.Theriot fired 5.1 innings of two hit baseball, striking out seven as his Colonels never trailed in the game.&ldquoIt obviously was not a very good performance for us,&rdquo said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. &ldquoTheir left-hander did a very nice job, he was very crafty and kept us off balance. We didn&rsquot make the adjustments necessary to be effective against him.LSU didnt get a lot of production out of their line-up with the top four batters combining to finish the game 3 of 13 at the plate.&ldquoIt is early in the season, and we&rsquore taking these opportunities to find out about our players. Some guys are going to take advantage of opportunities and some guys aren&rsquot, and the only way to find out is to keep running guys out there.&rdquoLSU dropped to 3-2 on the season, while Nicholls improved to 1-3.The Tigers are back in action Friday night at Alex Box Stadium hosting Eastern Kentucky for a three-game weekend series. The first pitch for Friday&rsquos game is set for 7 p.m..Permalink Comments

LSU baseball slugs their way past Southern
02/18/2020 11:15pm

BATON ROUGE - After losing to Southern in 2019, the LSU Tiger baseball team wanted to make a statement when facing their cross-town rival on Tuesday night at Alex Box Stadium.The Tigers fell behind early to the Jaguars, but rallied behind some solid pitching and timely hits at the plate.LSU beat the Jags 8-3 as both young teams played pretty clean baseball and both left the ballpark probably feeling pretty good about their performance.The Jaguars struck for two early runs off of freshman lefty Brandon Kaminer, but they were then held off the scoreboard for six straight innings.&nbsp Tiger pitcher Nick Storz threw three quality innings as he allowed two hits, no runs and struck out three on 41 pitches.Three LSU Tigers hit home runs as Saul Garza finished 3 for 4 with two runs and four RBIs in his designated hitters role.&nbsp Both Hayden Travinski and Gavin Dugas also belted their first homers of the season for the Tigers.LSU will travel to Nicholls to face the Colonels on Wednesday night with a first pitch set for 6pm.Permalink Comments

Tiger hoops buried by Kentucky by three-point barage
02/18/2020 10:57pm

BATON ROUGE - The LSU Tiger basketball team couldnt keep pace with the hot shooting Kentucky Wildcats on Tuesday night and lost 79-76 after a frantic comeback attempt fell short.Kentucky 21-5, 11-2 SEC knocked down seven of eight three point attempts in the second half to separate the game and take a 15 point lead over the Tigers.LSU 18-8, 9-4 SEC kept the Wildcats close in the first half with a combination of a quick pace and poor shooting from both teams.&nbsp&nbspThe Wildcats started sharing the ball more in the second half and it really showed in their scoring.&nbsp After just six assists in the first half, the Cats added nine in the second and their field goal percentage benefited.&nbsp Kentucky shot made 17 of 23 from the floor for a blistering 74.&nbspLSU had five in double figures led by Skylar Mays with 17 and Darius Days with 13 points.The Tigers hit the road to face South Carolina in Columbia on Saturday afternoon.&nbspPermalink Comments

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