What a Game! LSU Tigers Top Tennessee Vols 79-73 in Knoxville

Jacob KerrContributor IJanuary 29, 2009

Coming off of a hard fought lose to Xavier, LSU looked to rebound against SEC foe Tennessee. Some thought LSU might not have been mentally prepared for this game after experiencing their first home lose of the season, those people should have thought again.

LSU came out firing, hitting 9 of their first 12 shots, it looked as though it would be a blow out for the Tigers. Then, Tennessee was able to make three straight threes from three different people. Tennessee was able to close the lead down to five going into halftime.

In the second half, LSU was able to rush out to a 61-47 lead with 12:44 remaining, then the Tigers got cold from the field. Tennessee was able to go on a 13-0 run to pull with in one point. Then, the refs weren't calling a thing and missed a few calls on Tennessee's next trip down the floor.

They missed a push in the back under the rim, a push in the back when Chris Johnson was trying to save the ball and Chris stepping out of bounds. That all happened in one possession. This got Tennessee head coach Bruce Pearl so upset that refs called a technical foul on him.

Now with LSU having a three point lead, you would believe LSU could gain momentum off of the technical and win the game easily, not exactly. After the free throws, it became a back and forth game until Wayne Chism hit a three pointer to give the Vols a 69-67 lead.

LSU was able to go down and score to make the game tied at 69-69. Then with the game tied at 71-71, LSU's Marcus Thornton was able to make a shot and get a foul and add a free throw to make the score 74-71 but the play of the game came with Tennessee down by one and with the ball.

They threw it down low so they could get an easy shot. As te shot went up, Chris Johnson blocked the shot and was able to hold on to it and get fouled. LSU would make five more free throws to get the games final score of 79-73.

Though Marcus Thornton was able to lead the Tigers in scoring with 29 points, he wasn't the man of the hour. LSU's big man, Chris Johnson, was able to score 14 points, get 14 rebounds and block four shots to help the Tigers win the game.

This was an important win for the Tigers and this game may help them down the road, including Saturday's game verse Arkansas. That game will LSU's 100th anniversary game and be televised on FSN.