Guard Don Redden scored 19 points to pace a balanced Louisiana State offense as the 11th-ranked Tigers defeated Lamar, 74-57, last night in a nonconference game.
Before a record crowd of 9,432 at Lamar's Montagne Center in Beaumont, Tex., the 6-foot-6 senior scored 11 points in the first half as LSU (8-0) built a 41-31 lead. Redden, the Tigers' leading scorer this season with a 14-point average, also had eight rebounds.
"This was our most consistent performance of the year," LSU Coach Dale Brown said. "I can think of only 1 1/2 minutes in the second half where we did not play well."
Ahead by 10 points, the Southeast Conference team opened the second half by hitting four of its first seven shots. Lamar never got closer than 13 points after that as the Tigers' pressure defense limited the Cardinals to 29 percent shooting (10 for 34) during the final 20 minutes.
LSU forward John Williams scored 16 points and Nikita Wilson 11. Guard Derrick Taylor had 12 as the Tigers increased their lead to 19 points in the second half.
Williams, a 6-8 sophomore, had 13 rebounds as LSU outrebounded the Cardinals, 44-39.
Lamar, which had beaten defending national champion Villanova by 19 points earlier this season, fell to 5-2 after winning five straight.
"We did not do a very good job of maintaining our composure," said Lamar Coach Pat Foster. "We panicked when we got behind in the second half. LSU played a very smart game and never gave us a second chance."
James Gulley and James Nance each had 17 points for Lamar in its worst loss at home in 10 years. Alabama 100, Florida State 89
Buck Johnson scored 23 points, leading five Crimson Tide players in double figures as Alabama became the 35th school to reach 1,000 victories.
The Crimson Tide (6-0) took a 20-7 lead after six minutes. Alabama built a 42-24 lead before Florida State cut it to 51-37 at halftime. Center Derrick McKey's 14-point, nine-rebound performance led Alabama, which shot 62 percent, in the first half.
Foul trouble forced McKey, who had 19 rebounds, to the bench in the second half and Florida State took a 70-69 lead with 9:27 left on a 15-foot jumper by David Shaffer.
Alabama took command for good with 7:50 left on two free throws by Johnson, who alternated with McKey at center early in the second half.
Pee Wee Barber led Florida State (4-2) with 23 points. Clemson 89, Baptist College 63
Reserve guard Glenn Corbit scored 10 points in the final five minutes of the first half to pull the Tigers from behind as they beat visiting Baptist.
Clemson (8-0) got 22 points from junior Larry Middleton, 12 in the first half, and 16 points each from Corbit and center Horace Grant.
Guard Ben Hinson scored 21 points for the independent Buccaneers, 13 in the first half, when Baptist (4-5) led for almost 17 minutes.
The Buccaneers were ahead, 16-12, with 11:16 to play in the first period. After the lead changed hands three times, Middleton scored two free throws to put Clemson ahead, 30-29, and then Corbit hit a 15-footer. His two baskets in the final 49 seconds gave Clemson a 40-31 lead at halftime.
Baptist was within 13 points with 7:04 left, but Grant hit three field goals and Corbit one to put the game out of reach, 79-57, with 3:56 to play.