The LSU Tigers went on a pivotal 9-0 run midway through the second half after USF Dons guard Matt Glover was called for a flagrant foul and the Tigers hung on for a 71-63 win in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament at War Memorial Gym Wednesday night.
Glover was called for throwing an elbow to the head of Andre Stringer as Stringer fouled Glover on a drive to the basket. So instead of having the ball out of bounds, the teams marched to the other end of the gym, where LSU got two free throws and possession of the ball.
That sparked a 9-0 run that gave LSU (20-13) a 16-point lead with 8:09 to play. The Dons (21-12) got to within six points on Mark Tollefsen’s dunk with 2:16 remaining, but never made another shot from the floor the rest of the way.
LSU was 25-for-54 (46.3 percent) overall, 8-for-22 (36.4 percent) from 3-point range and 13-for-19 (68.4 percent) from the foul line. USF was 27-for-65 (41.5 percent), 3-for-23 (13 percent) and 6-for-10 (60 percent).
The Dons outrebounded the Tigers 40-34.
LSU advanced to meet No. 1 seed SMU in the second round. The date and time are to be determined.