National Basketball Association
Louisiana State 79, Tennessee 67
When: 6:00 PM ET, Saturday, January 8, 2022
Where: Pete Maravich Assembly Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Officials: # Pat Adams, # Bart Lenox, # K.B. Burdett
Attendance: 12881

Tari Eason had 24 points and 12 rebounds as No. 21 LSU defeated No. 18 Tennessee 79-67 in an SEC game Saturday in Baton Rouge, La.

Darius Days added 15 points and Brandon Murray scored 13 as the Tigers (14-1, 2-1 SEC) beat a second consecutive ranked opponent. They defeated No. 16 Kentucky on Tuesday.

Kennedy Chandler scored 19 points, Santiago Vescovi added 14 and Uros Plavsic had 12 to lead the Volunteers (10-4, 1-2).

Vescovi's 3-pointer started the second-half scoring and cut the Tigers' lead to 42-38.

Eason scored four points as LSU expanded the lead to 49-38.

The Volunteers twice got within nine points before Eason scored five and Days scored four as the Tigers extended the lead to 62-42.

Plavsic made three free throws for Tennessee, but Days responded with a tip-in.

The Volunteers chipped away and Olivier Nkamhoua's layup pulled them within 65-53. Tennessee got within 11 points before Eason got loose for a dunk.

Plavsic made two dunks as the Volunteers closed within nine, but Eason answered with a layup.

Chandler made 3 of 5 free throws to trim the lead to 71-63 with four minutes remaining.

Moments later Tigers starting point guard Xavier Pinson suffered a right leg injury and had to be helped to the locker room. He would return to the bench.

Vescovi made a 3-pointer to get Tennessee within five points with three minutes remaining.

Eric Gaines made a steal and fed Murray for a layup, and Murray fed Eason for a dunk to put LSU in control with a 75-66 with 1:13 left.

Josiah-Jordan James and Vescovi each made a 3-pointer as the Volunteers took an early 9-3 lead.

Murray's 3-pointer started a 21-6 run that gave the Tigers a 24-15 lead.

Chandler scored three straight points for Tennessee before Eason's jumper gave LSU a 30-20 lead.

The Volunteers twice pulled within four points before the Tigers rebuilt the lead to nine.

Chandler made a layup to pull Tennessee within 42-35 at halftime.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Tennessee   Louisiana State
Kennedy Chandler 19 Scoring Tari Eason 24
Kennedy Chandler 3 Assists Xavier Pinson 7
Olivier Nkamhoua 7 Rebounds Tari Eason 12
Kennedy Chandler 6 Free Throws Made Tari Eason 5
Kennedy Chandler 4 Steals Eric Gaines 4
Olivier Nkamhoua 2 Blocks Tari Eason 2
Team Stats Summary
Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
Tennessee 67 38.8 6-24 23-37 10 32 5 8 15
Louisiana State 79 47.4 8-18 17-27 13 36 6 11 16