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LSU 79, Fresno St. 75

December 28, 1996

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) _ Louis Earl scored 23 points, including a pair of free throws with four seconds to lead LSU to a 79-75 come-from-behind victory over Fresno State.

LSU (6-6), which trailed by as much as 22 points in the first half, fell behind Fresno State 58-41 over the first four minutes of the second half. Then the Tigers heated up and went on a 19-0 run over the next five minutes to tie the score at 60.

LSU took its first lead of the game at 8:36 when Earl hit a long 2-pointer to make it 64-62 Tigers.

Fresno State (7-4) tied it again at 70 with 3:51 left on a 3-pointer by Chris Herren. But the Bulldogs could not shake LSU off and with 28 seconds left, Nick Sheppard put the Tigers ahead to stay on two free throws that made it 76-75.

Herren missed a layup with 16 seconds and fouled Leroy Womack who made one free throw to make it 77-75. Earl then iced it with his final two free throws.

Fresno State (7-4), which averaged 90.5 points a game and was ranked sixth nationally in scoring going into the game, shot just 27 percent from the field in the second half.

Herren led the Bulldogs with 27 points, Daymond Forney and Kendric Brooks each scored 15.

Womack had 14 for LSU.

Fresno State took a 44-33 lead to the locker room at halftime, after leading by as much as 22 points during the first period of play.

LSU trailed 7-6 after Earl’s basket at 16:46, but did not score a field goal for the next 7:07 while Fresno State went on a 24 point run. Fresno State, which hit 9 of 19 3-pointers in the first half, made seven of 10 during the run and Herren made four of them and the Bulldogs took a 31-12 lead.

The Tigers stayed alive with free throws during that stretch, hitting 5 of 8 from the line. Duane Spencer made 7 of 8 free throws in the first half and LSU sank 12 of 16.

LSU, on the other hand, made just 1 of 10 3-point attempts and shot only 35 percent from the field in the first half.

Fresno State, which started the season with a 5-0 run, has gone 2-4 to start a 10-game road trip.

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