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Mocs rally, then fade late at LSU

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP/WRCB) -- Andre Stringer made the most of his first start of the season and poured in 13 of his season-high 18 points in the first half to vault LSU to an 80-67 win over Chattanooga on Tuesday night.

Johnny O'Bryant III also tallied his third straight double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Tigers. O'Bryant III also went 7 of 14 shooting and became the first LSU player to piece together three consecutive double-doubles since Storm Warren to start the 2010-11 season.

LSU's Corban Collins chipped in a career-best with 11 points and three assists to give the Tigers three players in double figures.

Chattanooga (2-7) was paced by Z. Mason's 22 points. Ronrico White and Gee McGhee added 17 and 10 points, respectively, for the Mocs.

"You know you've gotten better when you go to an SEC venue and play an undefeated SEC team and you felt like you gave it away, and that's how I feel," said Chattanooga head coach John Shulman. "We're down two with eleven to play, and we can't pick up in transition. At times we look like we're getting there, and at times we play like a bunch of inexperienced freshmen like we are.

"There's no doubt that there are some areas that we did get better in and there's no doubt there are some areas that we're really hurting ourselves."

LSU (6-0), which entered the night as one of 14 undefeated teams in the nation, has won all six of its games under first-year coach Johnny Jones. The last time the Tigers opened the season with a 6-0 mark was during the 2008-09 season when the program won its last Southeastern Conference regular-season championship.

LSU, playing a more up-tempo style under Jones, broke the 70-point barrier for the sixth consecutive game after topping 70 points just nine times last season under former head coach Trent Johnson.

Trailing 23-20 at the 9:35 mark of the first half, LSU ripped off 22 of the stanza's final 29 points to take a 42-30 advantage into intermission. The Tigers limited Chattanooga (2-7) to a pair of field goals during the stretch.

The Mocs hit 9 of 15 to start the second half and pulled within 55-53 on a Mason 3-pointer with 11:30 left.

On LSU's next possession, Stringer knocked down a deep 3-pointer. The basket sparked a 19-4 run. A Collins layup gave the Tigers their largest lead, 74-57 with 3:49 remaining.

"It shows that we have fight," Mason said of the second-half run. "That's something we need in a young basketball team. We've had a few slow starts, but if we continue to fight and take away a few small plays against us, we'll be fine."

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