Houston Baptist vs LSU

LSU 75, Houston Baptist 58

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Shavon Coleman had 11 points and 13 rebounds, and LSU used balanced scoring to cruise past Houston Baptist 75-58 on Friday.

Andre Stringer and Jalen Courtney scored 11 points apiece, and Andrew Del Piero, Charles Carmouche, Malik Morgan and Eddie Ludwig chipped in nine points each for the Tigers (8-2).

LSU played without guard Anthony Hickey and forward Johnny O'Bryant. Hickey was "disciplined" as announced Thursday by coach Johnny Jones. O'Bryant was held out as a precautionary measure after injuring a leg in the Marquette game.

"I'm really pleased with our guys' effort and the focus that they had the two days that we were back (from Christmas break) here at practice and tonight," Jones said. "Then, when you have the distractions with the (O'Bryant) injury and Hickey not playing tonight, I thought those guys did a great job of focusing. ... Then, we really started off the second half and did an excellent job of rebounding, defending and executing our offense and pushing our lead out there."

Tyler Russell led Houston Baptist (4-8) with 15 points, and Caleb Crayton had 11.

Houston Baptist hung in, trailing only 12-9 on Spenser Gales' free throw with 11:05 left in the first half, but LSU ran off 13 in a row with Morgan, Corbin Collins and Stringer making 3-pointers for a 25-9 advantage at 8:14.

The Huskies closed to 35-26 at the half, but with Coleman scoring five points, LSU led 45-29 just over 3 minutes into the second.

LSU and Houston Baptist have played once before in Baton Rouge in 1983, when LSU edged the Huskies 60-59. LSU leads the series 3-0.

Jones said he hadn't decided whether Hickey would be allowed to play Jan. 5, when LSU closes its nonconference schedule against Bethune-Cookman.

Hickey averages 10.3 points, 4.1 assists, 3.5 steals and 3.8 rebounds.

He and freshman guard Shane Hammink were suspended for LSU's exhibition game against Arkansas-Monticello, and Hickey sat out of the starting lineup Nov. 24 against Mississippi Valley State on another disciplinary issue.

Hickey also served an indefinite suspension for what Jones termed a violation of athletic department and university policies earlier this month. He missed the Chattanooga game Dec. 11 and sat out the first half of a subsequent game at Boise State.

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Houston Baptist Huskies
A. Bernardi, F142-140-01024
T. Russell, G345-135-614115
C. Crayton, G285-81-280211
D. Womack, G252-61-28145
M. Smith, G221-50-01212
C. Joyce173-42-37028
S. Gales140-21-24111
R. Lewis130-24-42024
A. Hill120-30-00110
L. Thomas102-30-00024
J. Harper82-50-01034
M. Turner20-10-00000
D. Bowden10-00-00000
Totals 22-6614-193992158
 33.3%73.7% 
LSU Tigers
S. Coleman, F193-105-6132011
A. Del Piero, C163-53-52019
A. Stringer, G315-100-022211
C. Collins, G291-62-25525
C. Carmouche, G144-60-04229
M. Morgan292-63-44019
J. Courtney235-91-270411
E. Ludwig223-73-54129
S. Hammink130-01-23321
J. Badeaux20-00-00000
M. Williams20-10-01010
Totals 26-6018-2648151775
 43.3%69.2% 
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Texas A&M-CC9-516-9172
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Hou. Baptist8-613-12205
Lamar7-715-12244
SE Louisiana7-814-14258
C. Arkansas7-88-20282
Abil Chr.6-812-13292
Incarn Word6-911-15304
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Nwestern St.4-1010-15324
McNeese St.4-107-18302

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Florida12-222-510
Kentucky12-222-59
S. Carolina10-420-730
Arkansas9-520-734
Alabama9-516-1075
Ole Miss7-716-1170
Tennessee7-715-1251
Vanderbilt7-714-1349
Georgia6-815-1258
Texas A&M6-814-1293
Auburn5-916-1183
Miss. State5-914-12126
Missouri2-127-19248
LSU1-139-17156
 
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