DENTON (AP) — Storm Warren scored a season-high 15 points and had consecutive jumpers that punctuated the go-ahead run for LSU in its sixth consecutive victory, 67-58 at North Texas on Thursday night.
Three days after a win at home over 10th-ranked Marquette, the Tigers (9-3) went on the road and avenged last season’s 20-point home loss against a Mean Green squad coached by former LSU player and assistant coach Johnny Jones.
Warren hit a jumper from just beyond and left of the free throw line to cap a 10-0 run by the Tigers that put them up 47-38 with about 12 minutes left. The previous LSU basket came when Warren made a shot from nearly the same spot.
Those baskets came after a stretch when Chris Jones, one of three freshman starters for the Mean Green (6-6), had three consecutive turnovers. One was a steal by Anthony Hickey that led to a breakaway slam by Ralston Turner.
Jones had 15 points to lead the Mean Green, who had won four in a row. Tony Mitchell, another freshman, added 11 points and five rebounds.
Justin Hamilton had 14 points and nine rebounds for LSU, while Malcolm White had 12 points. Tigers freshman Johnny O’Bryant III had 11 points and 10 rebounds.
North Texas hosted an SEC team in The Super Pit for the first time since 1986. This was the return game of a home-and-home series in which the Mean Green won 75-55 in Baton Rouge, La., exactly one year earlier.
Jones is in his 11th season at North Texas. Before that, he was an assistant at Alabama, Memphis and LSU, where he was part of Dale Brown’s staff from 1987-97. He was a four-year letterman playing for Brown from 1981-84.
Mitchell, a prized recruit from Dallas who was ruled academically ineligible at Missouri last January by the NCAA, played only his third game for the Mean Green since enrolling at North Texas and getting eligible there. The 6-foot-8 freshman forward scored 24 points with 18 rebounds in games against Southwestern Athletic Conference teams Jackson State and Grambling State.
North Texas had a 19-12 lead after Mitchell’s putback one-handed slam with 11 1/2 minutes left in the first half.
LSU turned the ball over on a shot clock violation coming out of a timeout, but Mitchell then missed a baseline layup that was part of a 5 1/2-minute scoreless stretch by the Mean Green.
Turner hit a jumper to start an 8-0 run that put the Tigers ahead for the first time at 20-19.
North Texas missed eight shots in a row before Roger Franklin hit a jumper that started a back-and-forth stretch that led to a 35-all halftime tie after Warren’s putback layup with 3 seconds left.
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