Antonio Blakeney puts up 27 to rally LSU to a 70-66 win over NC Central

Antonio Blakeney puts up 27 to rally LSU to a 70-66 win over NC Central

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BATON ROUGE, LA - The LSU men's basketball team was hoping it wouldn't happen but the combination of a good start by an opponent and a sluggish 14-day layoff type of start by the Tigers made LSU's sixth win of the year difficult at best.

But the Tigers powered back in the second half after being down as many as 13 seven minutes into the game to score a 70-66 win over the North Carolina Central Eagles (6-5) Tuesday night at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

After shooting 61.3 percent in the first half overall (19-31) and 50 percent from the arc (5-10), the Eagles were held to just 29.6 percent in the final 20 minutes (8-of-27) including 2-of-12 from the arc.

Antonio Blakeney made it back-to-back 20-point games for the second time this season and actually four straight games in the Assembly Center with 27 points with 18 coming in the second 20 minutes. Blakeney made 11-of-17 field goal attempts and 4-of-6 treys for the game. In the second half he was 7-of-9 from the arc with three treys.

Duop Reath hit 7-of-9 field goals to finish with 14 points while Brandon Sampson hit 5-of-10 for 13 points. Craig Victor II had 11 rebounds to go with eight points while Skylar Mays had four assists and Jalyn Patterson five at the point guard position.