BATON ROUGE, La. -- Tasmin Mitchell had a career-high 30 points along with 14 rebounds, and LSU won its Southeastern Conference home opener 85-68 over South Carolina on Wednesday night.
LSU (13-3, 1-1) has won 16 straight games at home, including the final three of last season. Garrett Temple and Bo Spencer each scored 10 points for the Tigers, who ended a two-game losing skid.
Devan Downey and Zam Fredrick scored 18 points apiece for South Carolina (12-3, 1-1) which saw its three-game winning streak end. Dominique Archie added 17 points for the Gamecocks, who shot only 36 percent in the first half and could not overcome a 40-22 halftime deficit.
South Carolina started 2 of 10 on free throws, including misses by Evaldas Baniulis and Downey on the front ends of one-and-ones. The Tigers hit their first nine free throws, making six straight during a 14-2 run that helped LSU build a 29-14 lead. LSU led by double digits the rest of the way, going up 60-42 on Marcus Thornton's 3-pointer with about 10 minutes to go.
Downey's two 3-pointers fueled a 10-2 South Carolina run that cut LSU's lead to 62-52 with a little under 6:30 left. But LSU went on a 7-0 run soon after, capped by Chris Johnson's fast-break layup as he was fouled, to go back up 71-54 inside the last five minutes.
Johnson also blocked four shots and LSU finished with a 10-2 advantage in that category. The Tigers outscored South Carolina 27-8 from the free-throw line. The Gamecocks missed 14 free throws in all.
The Tigers also outrebounded South Carolina 38-35 and outshot the Gamecocks 53.8 percent (28 of 52) to 44.3 percent (27 of 61).