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November 19, 2013

Rewind: LSU 81, UNO 54

Andre Stringer scored 19 second-half points and Jordan Mickey registered his third straight double-double as LSU pulled away for an 81-54 victory against UNO at the PMAC on Tuesday night.

DECISIVE STRETCH
A rather lethargic LSU team had just a 32-28 halftime lead. Coach Johnny Jones inserted Anthony Hickey into the starting lineup to begin the second half. In addition, the Tigers used a full-court press following halftime. In the first 90 seconds, LSU went on a 12-3 run. Mickey started the scoring with a dunk and two foul shots. Stringer then connected on three baskets, including two 3-pointers. The Tigers had a 44-31 lead with 18:26 remaining in the game. UNO came no closer than eight points the rest of the night.

KEY PERIOD IN FIRST HALF
LSU put together one nice stretch in the opening 20 minutes. Holding a three-point advantage, the Tigers went on a 10-2 run to move ahead 22-11. Shavon Coleman had two baskets during that span. LSU then went seven minutes without a field goal which allowed the Privateers to stay in the game.

KEY PERIOD IN SECOND HALF
UNO stayed within striking distance until the final eight minutes of the game. A basket by Teris Bourgeois cut the Tigers' lead to 11 points at 57-46 with 8:05 remaining. LSU proceeded to outscore the Privateers 14-2 to build a 23-point advantage. Coleman had a couple of field goals and two free throws, while Stringer made two baskets, including a 3-pointer.

LSU'S TOP STARTER
Mickey is turning into a dependable frontline player. In 32 minutes, Mickey had a season-high 16 points and 11 rebounds. He missed eight of his 12 field goal attempts, but he was 8-of-10 at the foul line. Mickey had five offensive rebounds. He also contributed three blocked shots, two assists and two steals. His one negative was three turnovers.

LSU'S TOP RESERVE
Coleman was replaced by Malik Morgan in the starting lineup. After scoring nine points in the first two games, Coleman scored 14 points against UNO in just 19 minutes. He missed just one shot all night - 6-of-7 from the field and 2-of-2 at the foul line. Coleman also grabbed six rebounds. He had a total of eight boards in the first two games.

LSU'S UNSUNG HERO
Stringer came alive following a scoreless first half in which he missed all six of his field goal attempts. Stringer was 7-of-12 from the field in the second half. He scored eight points in the first 90 seconds of the second half when LSU took control of the game. Stringer was 4-of-8 on 3-pointers in the second half. He had two steals and one assist with no turnovers in 30 minutes.

KEY STATISTICS
The Tigers won despite shooting just 39 percent from the field, including 22 percent on 3-pointers. LSU's defense was solid as it held UNO to 31 percent shooting on field goals. The Privateers had 19 turnovers with ten being the result of Tigers steals. LSU picked up 24 points off those turnovers. The Tigers were 18-of-26 at the foul line, while UNO shot only nine free throws and made seven. LSU crushed the Privateers on the boards 56-38. The Tigers had 21 offensive rebounds.

NOTES
Morgan for Coleman was the only change in the starting lineup. The other starters were the same - Tim Quarterman at point guard, Stringer at shooting guard, Mickey at power forward and O'Bryant at center. . . Hickey showed his value to the team when he sat out the final 9 minutes of the first half with two fouls. LSU made just two field goals during that time. At the start of the second half, Hickey replaced Quarterman as the point guard. Hickey ended the game with five points, four assists and two steals with one turnover in 21 minutes. . .O'Bryant failed to dominate inside against UNO even though he had a size advantage. O'Bryant missed nine of his 13 field-goal attempts and finished with just nine points. He did grab 11 rebounds - his third consecutive game of double-digit boards. O'Bryant had three assists, two blocked shots and one steal along with a season-low three turnovers. . .In his first start of the season, Morgan played just 11 minutes. He got hit on the side of his head by Mickey in the first half and didn't return. Morgan had three points and three rebounds. . .Quarterman had another tough night shooting the ball as he missed seven of his eight field goal attempts. He is now 3-of-15 from the field after three games. Quarterman, who scored five points, did contribute five rebounds, a team-high five assists and two steals. He had no turnovers in his 24 minutes. Quarterman and Hickey played together in the second half. . .Shane Hammink had four points and three reobunds in 13 minutes. . .Darcy Malone had four points and five rebounds in just six minutes. . .Cory Dixon, a 6-foot-7 post player, led UNO with 18 points. He also accounted for eight points and five assists. No other Privateers player was in double figures in points. . .Former LSU player Matt Derenbecker had eight points and eight rebounds in 29 minutes. . .The Tigers have won eight consecutive games at home against Louisiana schools. . .LSU is 2-1, while UNO is 1-1. . .The paid attendance was 7,513. The actual crowd was approximately 4,100.

FROM THE LOCKER ROOM

Coach Johnny Jones

"I'm disappointed in our effort from the tip. We didn't come out as focused and with the intensity level we needed. We weren't as sharp with the basketball. We weren't as sharp defensively. Although UNO shot a low percentage in the first half, they got the ball in some areas they wanted to. We came out in the second half with a little more pop about us - a little bit tougher defensively. We got a lead, but we still had some lapses out there."

"We have to do a better job of understanding the sense of urgency you have to play with night in and night out. We didn't do that tonight. We have to understand this is college basketball. You certainly don't want to be that 'did you see' team. You know, 'did you see that score last night where LSU got upset.' We have to make sure we don't put ourselves in that type of situation. Tonight, I just wasn't pleased with the first half. We've got to be the best we can be regardless of whom we're up against. When you play tougher opponents and have those lapses, you'll get embarrassed."

"Hickey came back in the first half and made some positive plays which he's done all year long. We decided at the half that we needed to make sure we got off to a great start. That went into the decision in bringing him earlier than later."

"I'm not sure if O'Bryant was as sharp as he needed to be from start to finish. I told him that he's got to be dominant every night. We've got to dominate the person that's across from us. It's important that you have that type of mentality."

"The game changes when Andre is making shots. We've got to make sure that we have the understanding that when you're not making shots, you've got to be able to do something else as well. You can't be one-dimensional."

"Jordan Mickey is our most consistent player right now for us. When he's not blocking shots, he's altering shots, rotating and getting into the right defensive stance. He's got the right posture when he's out there playing. He's been a guy that's focused. Three games into the season he's been really consistent for us and that says a lot for a freshman."


Andre Stringer
"We weren't playing tough enough in the first half. We let UNO get confidence and make big shots. We weren't defending and we turned the ball over. We didn't play our style of basketball and it hurt us. We had some struggles shooting in the first half, but we have to get the ball inside for higher percentage shots. Our big guys have to dictate play and get it back out to our guards. We didn't do that well today. We wanted to come out aggressive in the second half. We came out with a little fire, but we should have started the game with that passion."


Anthony Hickey
"I was watching how the game was going. I picked up some silly fouls because of my sluggish play. I know my team needs me and I have to make better decisions when going for steals. We like the up-tempo play and it helps me push the ball. We've seen it wears down the defense."


Jordan Mickey
"We can't come out slow when we get into conference play. If we play sluggish early on, we'll be down by ten points before we know it. It was good to know that we have other guys who can step up when a guy like Johnny (O'Bryant) isn't having his best game. Hickey loves the fast-paced game. He is always looking to pass the ball so it makes life easier for everyone."

NEXT UP
LSU will play Southeastern Louisiana on Friday at the PMAC. Tipoff is 7 p.m. The Lions (2-1) lost at Missouri 89-53 in their season opener. SLU has victories against Rice and Champion Baptist. Southeastern Louisiana will be the third straight Southland Conference opponent for the Tigers.


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