BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- Junior college transfer Marcus Thornton and freshman Anthony Randolph combined for 46 points as LSU opened its season with a 72-62 victory against Southeastern Louisiana on Monday.
Thornton made eight of 14 field goals, including 4-of-7 from 3-point range, en route to 27 points. Randolph was seven of 11 from the floor and finished with 19 points, 13 rebounds and six blocked shots.Southeastern Louisiana stayed close to LSU through the game's first 25 minutes until a 3-pointer by Thornton, with 15:14 remaining, gave the Tigers a 42-39 lead. That basket started a string of 14 consecutive points for LSU.Following Thornton's long-range shot, Randolph made three straight field goals. A basket by freshman Bo Spencer and a three-point play by Thornton closed the spurt which left the Tigers ahead 53-39.The Lions got no closer than seven points.Patrick Sullivan had a double-double for the Lions with 10 points and 14 rebounds. Warrell Span led Southeastern with 14 points while Tavaris Nance and Dekyron Nicks each had 11 points.Trailing since the game's start, Southeastern Louisiana took a 29-27 lead on a basket by Nance with 30 seconds remaining in the half. After a technical foul against LSU's John Brady for being out of the coaching box, Nicks made one foul shot to cap a 10-0 Lions run.The Tigers, whose biggest first-half lead was 12 points, tied the score at the end of the first half on a 3-pointer by Thornton.Southeastern Louisiana shot 32 percent from the field, compared to 51 percent for the Tigers, and committed nine turnovers in the first half.