HOUSTON, Texas - Storm Warren calmly drilled a pair of free throws with 1.2 seconds left to vault the LSU men's basketball team to a 59-58 comeback victory over Houston Tuesday in a non-conference action at Hofheinz Pavilion.
LSU (4-3) erased a 38-30 halftime deficit behind solid execution and a strong rebounding effort. The Tigers committed only five second-half turnovers and secured a 41-34 overall edge on the glass.
Warren was one of four players to compile double figures for LSU. He finished with 12 points on 4-of-8 shooting coming off the bench.
Andre Stringer and Justin Hamilton turned in double digit points for the fifth time in seven outings on the young season. Stringer notched a team-high 13 points, while Hamilton posted nine of his 11 points during the first half. Ralston Turner chipped in 12 points for the Tigers.
Even though Anthony Hickey was limited to a season-low two points, the freshman point guard found other ways to contribute with five rebounds, four steals and three assists.
Down 42-34 with 15:35 remaining, LSU fired off a 12-2 spurt over the next 3:46 to snatch a 46-44 advantage. Stringer ignited the run with a three-pointer, while Warren put together consecutive lay-ups. The Tigers grabbed the lead on a Chris Bass basket off an offensive rebound.
Neither team could gain more than a four-point spread over the final 12 minutes of the game. LSU maintained its two-point lead at 54-52 after Warren found Hamilton for a lay-up off the extra pass at the 5:00 mark.
An Alandise Harris jumper gave Houston a 56-54 edge with 2:43 left. He equaled a career-high with 21 points on 7-of-12 from the floor. On the next possession, Turner banged home a three-ball from the right wing to put LSU back ahead, 57-56.
Houston regained a 58-57 advantage after Jonathan Simmons scored on a drive with 9.1 seconds on the clock. After a pair of timeouts, Hickey went coast-to-coast and was unable to connect on contested lay-up. However, Warren was there for the offensive board and was fouled on the put-back attempt.
Following the two free throws, Houston's (3-3) desperation halfcourt attempt missed high off the backboard, and LSU notched the 59-58 comeback triumph.
LSU wraps up its two-game road swing Saturday at Rutgers as part of the BIG EAST/SEC Challenge. Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m. CT and the game will be televised by ESPNU.
The game also will be carried live on 100.7 FM (The Tiger) in the Baton Rouge area. Kevin Ford and Ricky Blanton will call the action on the LSU Sports Radio Network.