La. (AP) -- Collis Temple III scored 19 points, making
5 of 6 3-point attempts, to lead LSU to a 79-60 victory
over Vanderbilt Wednesday night.
Temple led the Tigers' first-half barrage in which
LSU made 8 of 10 3-pointers and held Vanderbilt scoreless
for 14 minutes.
LSU (14-8, 3-7 Southeastern Conference) had lost 6-of-7
conference games over the past 25 days, including five
straight when they averaged less than 24 percent from
the arc. Against Vanderbilt the Tigers made 67 percent
of the 3-point attempts.
The loss was the third straight for Vanderbilt (10-11,
3-7), which has lost all eight of its road games this
Torris Bright scored 17, Ronald Dupree added 16 and
Antonio Hudson had 12.
Matt Freije, Vanderbilt's leading scorer, didn't start,
but came off the bench to score 27 points. Brian Thornton
The Commodores were more aggressive on defense in the
second half, pressing, playing man-to-man, and slowed
the Tigers down. LSU shot 44 percent from the field
in the second half, after shooting 59 percent in the
Ten minutes into the game LSU was up 26-8, out shooting
the Commodores 67 percent to 21 percent, and going 4-for-4
from 3-point range.
After a 3-point basket by Freije with 15:21 remaining,
Vanderbilt didn't score again until Corey Smith hit
a jumper with 4:22 on the clock that cut the Tigers'
lead to 24 points, 40-10. Vanderbilt made just 9-of-30
first-half shots -- including 2 of 11 3-point attempts
-- and had 13 turnovers.
LSU led 44-21 at halftime.