NCAA News Wire

LSU 82, Massachusetts 60

Junior guard Josh Gray scored 25 points to lead LSU to an 82-60 victory over visiting Massachusetts on Tuesday at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center in Baton Rouge, La.

Gray made 11 of 15 field-goal attempts to lead four players who scored in double figures for LSU (5-2). Sophomore forward Jordan Mickey had 16 points, 10 rebounds and five blocked shots. Sophomore guard Tim Quarterman scored 15 points off the bench, and sophomore forward Jarell Martin added 12 points.

Senior center Cady Lalanne had 16 points and 12 rebounds for UMass (5-3). Senior forward Maxie Esho had 14 points and seven rebounds. Junior guard Trey Davis scored 11 points, and junior guard Derrick Gordon had 10.

LSU raced out to an 8-0 lead over the first 2:14, but Massachusetts slowly chipped away, tying the game at 24-24 on a basket by Gordon with 8:23 to play in the opening half.

The Tigers quickly regained control, staging a 17-2 run to take a commanding 41-26 lead on a jumper by Gray with 2:45 remaining.

The Tigers led 44-32 at the break after shooting 52.8 percent from the field. The Minutemen shot 44.8 percent in the first half but committed 11 turnovers.

UMass reduced the deficit to single digits on a layup by Gordon with 17 minutes to go. The Minutemen trailed 51-42 following two free throws by Lalanne with 15:43 to play, but the Tigers scored the next six points to go up by 15. They extended their lead to 22 in the final minute.

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