LSU remains undefeated

BATON ROUGE - Johnny O'Bryant III and Andre Stringer each fired in season-highs with 18 points as the LSU men's basketball team capped its season-opening six-game homestand unblemished with an 80-67 victory over Chattanooga Tuesday at the Maravich Center.
It was LSU's (6-0) first action after a 12-day break for final exams. The Tigers have won their first six games for the first time since the 2008-09 campaign and are one of 14 undefeated teams in the nation.
O'Bryant III and Stringer duo each garnered a 7-for-14 shooting clip. O'Bryant also hauled in 10 rebounds for his third consecutive double-double. The last LSU player to collect three consecutive double-doubles was Storm Warren to start the 2009-10 season. Stringer buried a quartet of triples and dished out four assists.
Corban Collins chipped in career-best with 11 points and distributed three assists to give the Tigers three player in double figures.
LSU eclipsed the 70-point barrier for the sixth consecutive game and registered 19 assists on 30 baskets. The Tigers checked in with a 47.6 shooting clip (30 of 63) compared to a 37.3 percent effort (25 of 67) for Chattanooga. LSU also held a 46-39 rebounding edge and notched a 38-20 advantage in the paint.
Stringer, making his first start of the season, sparked a key 19-4 run late in the second half. LSU had built an early 15-point second half advantage which was trimmed down to 55-53 on a Z. Mason three-pointer with 11:30 remaining.
On LSU's next possession, Stringer nailed a deep triple of his own. He also added a mid-range jumper to spark 11 straight Tiger points to make it 66-53 at the 7:41 mark.
O'Bryant III continued the flurry with a traditional three-point play on a dunk off a Shane Hammink feed. A Collins lay-up ended the spurt and gave LSU its largest lead, 74-57, with 3:49 remaining.
Shavon Coleman secured eight points and eight rebounds whereas Malik Morgan turned in a solid all-around effort with seven points and a career-best eight rebounds.
Andrew Del Piero made all three of his field goal attempts to total seven points to go along with four rebounds and three blocks.
Down 23-20 with 9:35 left the first half, LSU ripped off 22 of the stanza's final 29 points to take a 42-30 advantage into the locker room. The Tigers turned up their defensive intensity and limited Chattanooga to a pair of field goals during the stretch.
The Mocs (2-7) were paced by Mason's 22 points and Ronrico White's 17 points, both career-highs. Gee McGhee added 10 points for Chattanooga, which lost its third straight game.
LSU embarks on a three-game road swing Friday at Boise State. Tip-off is slated for 8 p.m. CT from Taco Bell Arena. The LSU Sports Radio Network will broadcast the game on Eagle 98.1 FM in the Baton Rouge area and inside the Geaux Zone at Jim Hawthorne, Ricky Blanton and Kevin Ford will call the action. There is no telecast for the Boise State game.