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|Xavier snaps LSU winning streak|
The LSU Tigers had their 17-game home winning streak snapped Saturday night as Xavier rallied from a four-point, early second-half deficit to win, 80-70, at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.
The 15th-ranked Musketeers are now 17-2 on the season and 6-0 on the road, while LSU fell at home for the first time this season, dropping to 15-4. The 17-game home winning streak that was snapped was the fourth longest in the 38-year history of the building.
Derrick Brown scored 22 points to lead Xavier while Marcus Thornton had his second straight 30-point game.
It was Thornton's three-pointer that gave the Tigers a 40-36 lead early in the second half. Brown responded with a pair of three-pointers to tie it at 44, and Xavier gradually built a lead as large as 11 before holding on. B.J. Raymond added 21 points for Xavier, driving for a layup inside the last two minutes to put the Musketeers up 70-63. Kenny Frease had 12 points.
Xavier went ahead for good when Raymond scored inside to make it 48-47. Jason Love, who had 10 points, added a pair of free throws and a jump hook in the lane. Raymond added another foul shot to cap a 7-0 run that gave the Musketeers a 53-47 lead.
Raymond's 3 soon after made it 59-50. Terrell Holloway's 3 made it 62-52 with 5:41 left, and LSU was not able to get closer than five points after that.
Tasmin Mitchell scored 10 points for the Tigers as did Bo Spencer.
The Tigers were outrebounded on the game 40-27 and shot just 32.3 percent in the final 20 minutes (10-of-31), while Xavier was going 12-of-20 (60 percent) from the field and 16-18 from the free-throw line over the same span.
The game drew the largest paid attendance since the present seating configuration was put in place before the 2005-06 season of 13,839. All tickets were sold and the students came in to the tune of over 2,700 for the second time in three games.
The Musketeers led 12-4 after Raymond's three-pointer. Brown's alley-oop jam the ignited a 6-0 surge that put Xavier up 20-10. LSU made a game of it after that, responding with a 10-0 run that began with Terry Martin's trey and ended with Mitchell's baseline jumper to tie it at 20.
The rest of the half was tight, with neither team leading by more than three. Scoring on an array of jumpers and hanging shots high off the glass, Thornton scored 14 points in the first half, the last on a free throw giving LSU a 37-36 lead at halftime.
LSU returns home for the centennial game on Saturday and a full day of activities culminating with the contest against Arkansas at 4 p.m.