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LSU 65, Centenary 63

December 20, 1995

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) _ Centenary guard Anthony Stephens’ 3-point shot bounced out of the basket at the final buzzer Tuesday, so Louisiana State won, 65-63.

LSU guard Randy Livingston hit a free throw with 18.8 seconds left to give the Tigers (4-3) a two-point edge. Stephens brought the ball up the floor and waited until the last second to launch a high, arching throw.

Centenary fell to 3-6.

LSU trailed the Gents 36-27 at halftime and 48-40 with 9:11 left. A 15-6 run put the Tigers ahead for the first time with 5:18 left, 55-54, on a put-back by guard Gene Nabors.

LSU extended its lead to 64-58 with 1:41 left when Ronnie Henderson hit a pair of free throws. Centenary cut that lead to one with a three-pointer by Cornell Hardman and a lay-up by Lincoln Abrams.

After a timeout, the Gents fouled Livingston, who made the second of two free throws for the final score.

Henderson led LSU with 20 points, but missed six of 12 shots from the foul line. Nabors added 12 points, while center Misha Mutavdzic had 11 points and a game-high 12 rebounds.

LSU guard Randy Livingston, who started his second consecutive game after recovering from off-season knee surgery, played 24 minutes and collected six points and four assists.

Stephens led Centenary with 17 points, including three 3-point field goals. Forward Lincoln Abrams scored 12 points and had 11 rebounds.

Both teams had some serious shooting problems.

Centenary hit 8 of 30 shots from the field (26.7 percent) in the second half, while LSU hit only 16 of 31 free throws (31.3 percent).

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