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November 6, 2013
Rewind: LSU 80, Xavier (N.O.) 45
Andre Stringer scored 22 points to lead LSU to an 80-45 victory against Xavier of New Orleans in an exhibition game Wednesday night at the PMAC.
LSU got off to a slow start as it missed five of its first six field goal attempts. The Tigers then put together a run of 16 consecutive points to build a 20-6 lead just under the ten-minute mark of the opening half. Stringer scored 11 of those 16 points with nine coming on three 3-pointers. Johnny O'Bryant started the spurt with a three-point play. Jordan Mickey's field goal completed the outburst.
KEY PERIOD IN FIRST HALF
The Tigers concluded the first half by outscoring Xavier 18-2 over the final 3½ minutes to take a 42-11 advantage. Jarell Martin and Mickey combined for 11 of the LSU points. Martin scored seven points during that stretch. Malik Morgan knocked down a pair of 3-pointers.
KEY PERIOD IN SECOND HALF
The Tigers scored the first seven points after halftime on a 3-pointer by Stringer and baskets by Mickey and O'Bryant. But, LSU then struggled for a five-minute stretch in which it failed to score a point. During that time, the Tigers committed five turnovers, missed four field goal attempts and two free throws. Xavier scored ten points during that stretch to reduce its deficit to 28 points at 51-23.
LSU'S TOP STARTER
Stringer made six of his 11 shots from behind the 3-point line while scoring his game-high 22 points. Stringer made his lone field goal attempt which was not a 3-pointer. Stringer made two of his four free throw attempts. He also had two rebounds, one assist and one steal in 26 minutes.
LSU'S TOP RESERVE
One of the more encouraging signs was the two 3-pointers which Morgan sank. During his 18 minutes, Morgan contributed ten points, five rebounds and four assists. Morgan was 4-of-10 from the field, including 2-of-4 on treys.
LSU'S UNSUNG HERO
Mickey proved to be a major factor in the lane on both ends of the court. He scored 12 points on 6-of-10 shooting from the floor. He also handed out four assists. But, Mickey really established himself on the defensive side of the floor. Five of Mickey's six rebounds were off the defensive glass. He also blocked eight shots - seven in the first half - and made one steal.
The Tigers held Xavier to 25 percent shooting from the field (17-of-68), including just 1-of-15 on 3-pointers. LSU had ten steals out of the Gold Rush's 16 turnovers. Not surprisingly, Anthony Hickey had five steals in 19 minutes. The Tigers had 24 assists on 29 made baskets. Tim Quarterman had six assists, while Morgan added four and Hickey three. LSU shot better on 3-pointers (48 percent) than it did on two-point shots (46 percent) or foul shots (47 percent). The Tigers only had a 50-47 rebounding edge. Xavier had 21 offensive rebounds which led to 14 second-chance points. LSU only had ten second-chance points. The Tigers only had a 28-22 advantage in scoring in the paint.
LSU started three freshmen - Martin, Mickey and Quarterman - along with Stringer and O'Bryant. Shavon Coleman was not in uniform due to an undisclosed injury. He could have played, according to coach Johnny Jones. . .The only LSU players to play at two positions were Stringer and Martin. Stringer played some at point guard in the first half after starting at a wing position. Martin started at the other wing, but played nine of his 27 minutes in the post. . . O'Bryant got three fouls in the first three minutes of the second half and didn't play again. O'Bryant finished with nine points and 11 rebounds, but he committed four turnovers. . .Martin got off to a slow start and didn't score until the late stages of the first half. He finished with 11 points. . .Quarterman had the only turnover by a LSU point guard. He missed all four of his field goal attempts. . .John Odo didn't score, but he grabbed 11 rebounds in 15 minutes. . .Sydney Coleman, a 6-foot-7 post player, led Xavier with 15 points and eight rebounds. . .The Tigers have now won 11 consecutive exhibition games. Their last exhibition game loss came at the hands of Global Sports (68-64) ten seasons ago. LSU now has a 49-7 all-time record in exhibition games. . .The actual attendance was 3,029. There was no admission charge.
FROM THE LOCKER ROOM
Coach Johnny Jones: "I thought we got off to a good start. We had some jitters early and then we settled in. We were really good on the defensive end of the floor at the start and we really shared the ball in the first half. We were extremely unselfish. One area of concern I thought we addressed in recruiting was defensive rebounding. We gave up too many offensive rebounds. We gave up 12 in the first half and we didn't improve in the second half.
"The freshmen were poised like they have been in practice. It didn't bother them when they missed a few shots. They executed well on both ends of the floor and they were not fazed by the crowd. Jarell is a prime example of a guy who missed shots and it didn't faze him. It didn't go well on offense for him, but he came back and played well on defense.
"Andre picked up where he left off last year. His teammates are really confident in him. Andre was able to take his practice to the game tonight. He didn't force anything. Both point guards were excellent. Hickey gave us energy off the bench and made some steals. Tim did an excellent job handling the ball and getting opportunities for his teammates. Anthony and Tim complement each other well."
Andre Stringer: "These guys do not play like freshmen. Their IQ is very high and they know how to shoot the ball. They find me when I am open or they find one of our teammates when they are open. I wasn't looking for the 3-pointer tonight, but I found a lot of good spots. Both Johnny and Jarell had some skip passes out of the post to me and then I had some open looks out of transition. We struggled on the offensive boards and we had too many turnovers. We cannot keep playing like that, no matter the competition."
Jordan Mickey: "It felt great to be out there playing against somebody other than my own teammates. We did a good job during the game. We have some issues to improve upon on the court. Being able to get baskets in the open floor can get you going. What I did tonight (blocking shots) is what I've been trying to do to our guys in practice."
Tim Quarterman: "It was a great experience just getting out there for the first game. I found out before the game that I was starting. Anthony Hickey told me to keep my composure and play ball like I know how to play. He told me to use defense to get me going. I think I did all right. I tried to get good shooters like Andre the ball."
Jarell Martin: "It was good being out there and getting to a new level of intensity. It helps to have a teammate like Jordan Mickey who can go get the ball and block the shot."
LSU will open its season at Massachusetts next Tuesday. Tipoff is 10 a.m. The game will be televised on ESPN2. Massachusetts will play its first game against Boston College on Sunday.