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January 18, 2014

Tigers inside game too much for Vanderbilt

Forward Johnny O'Bryant record his fourth double-double of the season as LSU exploited its obvious inside advantage over Vanderbilt en route to a 81-58 victory inside Maravich Assembly Center in Baton Rouge on Saturday.

The junior out of Mississippi scored 22 points and was dominant on the glass with 12 rebounds to come alive after averaging just 10 points and nearly six rebounds in the Tigers last four games. Ten of his 12 boards against the Commodores came in the first half.

Vanderbilt's "scrappy seven", a nickname due to the Commodores seven healthy scholarship players, seemed to show obvious fatigue as the first half went on and the Tigers raced to a 17-6 advantage in rebounds while building a 10-point lead.

The Commodores led 11-9 with 12:25 remaining in the first half, but a 10-0 run by the Tigers established a lead that LSU would never relinquish.

Vanderbilt senior Rod Odom scored 20 points and was 4-of-6 from behind the arc, but the rest of the Commodores went just 1-of-14 after draining 12 three-pointers in a upset win over Missouri on Thursday night.

Freshman sensation Damian Jones battled through foul trouble in his homecoming to Baton Rouge, but the former Scotlandsville High standout added 16 points and was 7-of-14 from the field. The Commodore center also tied Odom for a team-high in rebounds with six.

Vanderbilt tried to mount several comebacks during both the first and second half, cutting the Tiger lead to just six points after senior Kyle Fuller nailed a three-point jumper with 1:35 on the clock in the first half, but LSU responded with four points to take a 35-25 lead at the break.

Vanderbilt would get no closer than nine points in the second stanza as continued its dominance on the glass and finished with a 48-24 rebounding advantage, including a staggering 21 offensive boards.

LSU forward Jordan Mickey added 13 points and ripped away five boards of his own while 6-foot-9 freshman forward Jarell Martin added 11 and five as well. Senior guard Andre Stringer also reached double figures with 10 points.

Dai-Jon Parker added 10 points in a losing effort. Fuller, one of the heroes of Thursday's win, scored just six points after going 1-of-9 from the field.

Vanderbilt shot just 35.8-percent during the game but did show promise in passing the ball once again, committing just 10 turnovers.

The Commodores fall to 9-7 with the loss and 1-3 in the Southeastern Conference. LSU moves to 11-5 overall and 2-2 in the league.

Vanderbilt will return to the friendly confines of Memorial Gym on Wednesday for a key matchup against the Ole Miss Rebels. Ole Miss is off to a 3-1 start in conference play after defeating hapless South Carolina 75-74 in Columbia on Saturday.

Tip-off is set for 8 p.m. CT.

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