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November 23, 2013
Rewind: LSU 89, SLU 66
Johnny O'Bryant led five players who scored in double figures with 18 points as LSU defeated Southeastern Louisiana 89-66 at the PMAC on Friday night.
Unlike the game against UNO on Tuesday, it didn't take long for the Tigers to establish some separation in the score. After each team made a basket, LSU went on an 18-2 run. Jordan Mickey made four baskets during that span. Anthony Hickey made two field goals, including a 3-pointer which left the Tigers in front 20-4 with 11:52 remaining before halftime.
KEY PERIOD IN FIRST HALF
SLU scored eight straight points to cut its 20-point deficit to 12 at 35-23 with 6:16 left in the first half. LSU answered by outscoring the Lions 14-2 the rest of the way before halftime. Andre Stringer made two foul shots and a 3-pointer. Mickey made three baskets, including the final two, which gave the Tigers a 49-25 halftime lead.
KEY PERIOD IN SECOND HALF
Southeastern Louisiana played very well, particularly on the offensive end, in the first 10½ minutes following halftime. The Lions knocked down five 3-pointers while scoring 29 points in that stretch. Two free throws by Onochie Ochie reduced what had been a 24-point SLU deficit to eight at 62-54. Over the next five minutes, LSU went on a 17-5 run. Six players scored points during that time. The reserves started the spurt as Tim Quarterman made two field goals and Darcy Malone had a dunk. Shavon Coleman scored seven points on a field goal, a 3-pointer and two foul shots to help the Tigers go ahead 79-59 with 4:26 to play.
LSU'S TOP STARTER
O'Bryant was steady, if not spectacular, as he registered the 20th double-double of his career with 10 rebounds to go along with his 18 points. Half of his rebounds came on the offensive end of the court. O'Bryant was just 4-of-8 from the field, but he was 10-of-12 at the foul line. The 10 free throws tied his career-best at Arkansas two seasons ago. O'Bryant also contributed two assists, one blocked shot and one steal. He did have three turnovers.
LSU'S TOP RESERVE
Coleman had 10 points in just 16 minutes, but more importantly he connected on his first two 3-pointers of the season. Coleman was 3-of-4 from the field and 2-of-3 from behind the arc. Coleman has now made nine of 11 field goal attempts in the last two games. He also accounted for three rebounds, three assists and one blocked shot.
LSU'S UNSUNG HERO
Hickey celebrated his birthday by accumulating an impressive statistical line. Hickey had 10 points, seven rebounds, six assists and seven steals in a season-high 33 minutes. Hickey was 4-of-8 from the floor although he missed three of his four 3-point attempts. The seven rebounds matched his career- high. The seven steals were one shy of his career high - eight against Texas A&M last season.
The Tigers shot a season-best 53 percent from the field as they eclipsed the 80-point mark for the fourth time in four games. LSU also made a season-high 74 percent of its foul shots. The Tigers again had a comfortable rebounding margin of plus-16 at 45-29. LSU had 23 second-chance points as compared to 11 for SLU. Southeastern Louisiana shot only 27 percent from the field in the opening 20 minutes when the Tigers built a 24-point lead. SLU did make 52 percent of its second-half shots. A disappointing number once again was LSU's assist-to-turnover ratio. The Tigers had 18 assists and 17 turnovers. For the season, LSU has 70 assists and 65 turnovers. LSU blocked eight shots. The Tigers have recorded at least eight blocks in every game this season.
LSU used its fourth starting lineup in as many games. Hickey made his first start at point guard, while Jarell Martin returned to the starting lineup. Martin sprained his ankle in the first minute of the season-opener at Massachusetts and sat out the last two games. The other three starters were the same - Stringer, O'Bryant and Mickey. . .Malik Morgan was not in uniform due to a head injury. . .Martin got off to a tough start with a missed 3-pointer and two charging fouls in less than two minutes. He ended the night scoring seven points in 16 minutes. He missed five of his eight field goal attempts and committed three turnovers. . .Mickey failed to record a double-double for the first time this season, but he still was quite productive. Mickey had 17 points to go along with five rebounds, five blocked shots and two steals. He did turn the ball over three times. . .Stringer scored 12 points, all in the first half. He was recognized before the game for eclipsing the 1,000-point mark in his career. . .Coming off the bench for the first time, Quarterman had his most well-rounded game with four points, four rebounds and four assists in 18 minutes. . .Malone continued his perfect shooting from the floor. He made three field goals to make him 7-of-7 for the season. Malone had six points in 12 minutes. . .Two reserves had double-figure points for Southeastern Louisiana. Ochie led the Lions with 17 points, while Joshua Filmore had 10. The only starter in double figures was Julian Chiera, who had 13 points. . .JaMichael Hawkins, who entered the game with an 18.3 scoring average, had only two points - both on foul shots. Hawkins was 0-for-6 from the field. Stringer was the primary defender on Hawkins. . .All three LSU victories this season have come against Southland Conference teams - Northwestern State, UNO and SLU. . .The Tigers have now won 11 straight non-conference games at the PMAC. LSU has also won nine consecutive games against in-state opponents at home. . .The Tigers are 3-1, while the Lions are 2-2. SLU's other defeat came at Missouri, another Southeastern Conference team. . .The paid crowd was 8,404. The actual crowd was slightly fewer than 5,000.
FROM THE LOCKER ROOM
Coach Johnny Jones
"Our guys did a much better job tonight of getting off to a really good start. We had a much more productive first half of basketball. (LSU led UNO just 32-28 at the half Tuesday.) Defensively, we helped each other rotating, we were aggressive to the ball, we contained the ball, we contested shots, we rebounded and we got out on the break. Our execution on the other end was really good. We settled for 50 percent shooting, shared the basketball and made the right plays."
"We really established ourselves when we came back out in the first five minutes of the second half. In the middle (of the second half), Southeastern did a good job of not getting away. We didn't respond well getting to their shooters. We went through a stretch of not scoring because we got caught up in the game and lost concentration."
"I was going to call coach (Les) Miles initially and tell him that I was going to send (Jarell Martin) over there because he made two real aggressive plays and picked up two quick fouls. That's a part of it and that's why we were glad that he was able to get his feet back under him tonight. He was excited about being back in action and he was being overaggressive early. He was able to settle in because I put him back in with two fouls in the first half."
"We've got good balance and depth on this team. Shavon came in and gave us some positive minutes. When Quarterman got in, he made good feeds to Darcy. John Odo came in, was fouled and knocked down his two foul shots. What you want is productivity from those guys. They were able to deliver that when they came in. You don't want any slippage and we didn't get that."
"Hickey played really well. He finished the last game really well. He impacted the game. Hickey has really been working extremely hard. I wanted to start him and give us a little different look. He responded extremely well."
"We've continued to work on our press trying to build it. Our guys did a good job of rotating at it. We had the bodies there and the long arms forcing them to throw it over the top. When we didn't get steals, Southeastern quick shot it at times. We were able to get it and get off to the races."
"We didn't really take our foot off the gas in the second half. Teams are going to make shots. They made five in a row. We looked up at the score and they were down by ten. They were punching and we just had to respond. The turnovers were on us in the second half. We made a couple of bad reads. We have to make the open pass early instead of late. All of our chemistry will come. The chemistry will come on the offensive end when we get better on the defensive end. Coach Jones always says that we don't have to worry about the offensive end because the offense is going to come on its own."
"We have to get the ball to the middle of the floor in the weak part of the zone (used by SLU to start the game). That is the zone's weak area. We have to continue to keep getting the ball there. Our full-court press is something we work on every day in practice. Coach Jones decided to run with it for a little while. It worked and we stayed with it. In the second half when Southeastern made its run, we just didn't know where our guy was and we allowed a lot of open 3s to get by us."
LSU will play St. Joseph's on Thursday in an opening round game of the Old Spice Classic in Orlando (Fla.). Tipoff is 7:30 p.m. The Hawks (2-1) lost to Creighton after beginning the season with victories against Vermont and Marist. The game will be televised on ESPN2.