Andre Stringer made the most of his first start of the season and poured in 13 of his season-high 18 points in the first half to vault LSU to an 80-67 win over Chattanooga on Tuesday night.
Johnny O'Bryant III also tallied his third straight double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Tigers.
LSU (6-0) has won all six of its games under first-year coach Johnny Jones. The last time the Tigers opened the season with a 6-0 mark was during the 2008-09 season when the program won its last SEC regular-season championship.
Trailing 23-20 at the 9:35 mark of the first half, LSU ripped off 22 of the stanza's final 29 points to take a 42-30 advantage into intermission. The Tigers limited Chattanooga (2-7) to a pair of field goals during the stretch.
The Mocs were paced by Z. Mason's 22 points and Ronrico White added 17.
Coach: Jonny Jones (1st season at LSU) Overall 205-162, 12 years
2011-12: Record 18-15 overall, 7-9 in SEC ( 8th)
Starters Returning (3) Anthony Hickey, Johnny O’ Bryant, Andre Stringer
Preseason Tournament: None
Top Non-Conference Games: vs. Seton Hall, at Marquette
Transfer Out: Ralston Turner (N.C. State); John Isaac (Baton Rouge CC)
Transfer In : Charles Carmouche (Memphis...