|3-Point Field Goals||6-16||5-14|
Senior guard Adam Brown led the Cougars with three assists and 15 points, thanks to 10 in the second half, and added a game-high three 3-pointers and seven rebounds, but it would not be enough for Houston which dropped its second straight game.
Trailing 18-13 in the first half, the Cougars chipped away and knotted the game at 20-20 when senior forward Maurice McNeil buried a jumper with 9:23 left in the opening period.
However, the Tigers used a 16-5 run during the next nine minutes to build a double digit lead and eventually took a 38-28 lead into the locker room at the break. LSU converted 56.7 percent (17-of-30) from the field during the opening 20 minutes, while holding the Cougars to 40 percent (12-of-30).
The Cougars battled throughout the second half and cut the lead to nine points when sophomore forward Kendrick Washington hit a jumper midway through the final period, but that would be as close as Houston would get the rest of the way.
With the loss, Houston fell to 4-3. LSU improved to 5-2.
Washington came off the bench to score 10 points and grabbed six rebounds for the Cougars. McNeil finished with nine points and a team-high eight rebounds.
LSU guard Ralston Turner led all players with 15 points on 6-of-10 shooting, while forward Storm Warren added 12 points and 11 rebounds. Guard Andre Stringer added 13 points in the win.
The Cougars wrap up their road swing when they meet area-rival Sam Houston State at 2 p.m., Saturday, inside Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum, in Huntsville, Texas.
Fans can hear all Cougar men's basketball games live on SportsTalk 790 AM KBME with Tom Franklin calling the play-by-play action and Cougar legend Elvin Hayes serving as analyst.
Houston returns to Hofheinz Pavilion at 7 p.m., Monday, to play host to Nevada.
* With six 3-pointers, the Cougars recorded their 281stconsecutive game with at least one trey.
* The Cougars shot a season low 39.7 percent (23-of-58) from the field. Houston shot 40.4 percent in Saturday's loss at TCU.
* Tuesday's game was the first time that head coach James Dickey faced the Tigers during his career.