LSU was without its leading scorer, Andre Stringer, Saturday.

But an increasingly strong LSU defense was there in full force.

The Tigers held Boise State to 39 points under their average to grind out their third straight win, 64-45 at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

LSU (6-3) played without Stringer, a 12.1 point per game scorer who was held out after fainting at practice earlier this week. The Tigers were also without reserve wing John Isaac, who was sidelined with a knee injury.

But the Tigers continued a stretch of tough defense. BSU (8-2), a high-flying team that averages 84.9 ppg, was held to a season-low in points and LSU held a third straight opponent to fewer than 60 points. Only once in the last six games has an opponent reached 60 points on LSU.

Justin Hamnilton led the Tigers with 14 points on 5-for-7 shooting while Anthony Hickey had 11 points and five assists for the Tigers while fellow freshman Johnny O'Bryant had 10 points and 7 rebounds. Storm Warren also had 10 points.

Eddie Ludwig, who got the start in the backcourt for LSU with Stringer out, had nine rebounds and helped a defense that held Anthony Drmic, BSU's ldeading scoer at 15.6 ppg entering the night, scoreless on 0-for-7 shooting.