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January 19, 2014

Rewind: LSU 81, Vanderbilt 58

Johnny O'Bryant scored 22 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead LSU to an 81-58 victory against Vanderbilt in a Southeastern Conference game Saturday night at the PMAC.

DECISIVE STRETCH
The undermanned Vanderbilt team, which had just seven available scholarship players, was right in the game for the first seven minutes. Baskets by Damian Jones and Dai-Jon Parker put the Commodores in front 11-9 with 12:56 remaining. LSU proceeded to take control of the game by scoring the next ten points. O'Bryant started the run by making two foul shots. A basket by Jarell Martin gave the Tigers the lead for good at 13-11. After Jordan Mickey made one of two foul shots, Tim Quarterman knocked down a 3-pointer. A field goal by Andre Stringer put LSU ahead 19-11 with 9:17 left in the first half.

KEY PERIOD IN FIRST HALF
Vanderbilt pulled within five points at 22-17 when Shelby Moats sank two foul shots with 7:07 left in the first half. The Tigers stopped the Commodores rally by closing the half on a 13-8 run. O'Bryant scored seven of the 13 points on his first 3-pointer of the season, a field goal and two foul shots. Martin had two field goals. Quarterman sank a pair of free throws to put LSU in front 35-25 at halftime.

KEY PERIOD IN SECOND HALF
Vanderbilt stayed in striking distance for the first eight minutes after halftime. A 3-pointer by Rodney Odom left the Commodores behind 52-42 with 11;55 remaining in the game. LSU then went on a 15-3 run to seal the victory. Martin started the outburst with two free throws and a three-point play. O'Bryant made four consecutive foul shots. Stringer contributed a three-point play and Malik Morgan knocked down a 3-pointer to give the Tigers a 67-45 lead with 6:56 to go in the game.

LSU'S TOP STARTER
O'Bryant snapped his recent four-game slump with the 22 points and 12 rebounds. The double-double was his fourth of the season and the 21nd of his career. O'Bryant's last double-double came two months ago against Southeastern Louisiana. The 22 points were his most since he scored 25 in the season-opener at Massachusetts. His 12 rebounds were his second highest total of the season. O'Bryant had 14 rebounds in the second game of the season against Northwestern State. O'Bryant was 5-of-10 from the field, including his first 3-pointer of the season, and 11-of-14 at the foul line. The 11 made foul shots were a career-high for O'Bryant. In the previous four games, O'Bryant had averaged ten points and six rebounds. He finished with just six points and five rebounds last Wednesday at Ole Miss. The 12 rebounds gave O'Bryant 561 for his career. He moved past Troy Rushing into 28th place on the school's all-time rankings.

LSU'S TOP RESERVE
Coming off the bench for the third consecutive game, Martin scored in double figures for the third straight time. In 21 minutes, Martin had 11 points. He was 4-of-7 from the field and 3-of-3 at the foul line. Martin also grabbed five rebounds. In the last three games, Martin has averaged 14 points and six rebounds.

LSU'S UNSUNG HERO
Lost in O'Bryant's resurgence was the bounce-back performance by Mickey. In the loss to the Rebels, Mickey had only two points and five rebounds. In 26 minutes Saturday, Mickey accounted for 13 points and five rebounds. He was 6-of-12 from the field - the 12th time this season he has made at least half of his field goal attempts.

KEY STATISTICS
After being outrebounded in three of the last four games - all defeats, LSU crushed Vanderbilt on the boards. The Tigers had 48 rebounds, while the Commodores had just 24. LSU had more offensive rebounds (21) than Vanderbilt had defensive rebounds (13). The Tigers made 48 percent of their field goal attempts (29-of-60), including 59 percent (17-of-29) in the second half. The Commodores shot just 36 percent from the field, including 25 percent (5-of-20) on 3-pointers. LSU had 24 second-chance points, while Vanderbilt had nine. The Tigers also had a 40-24 point advantage in the paint. LSU outscored the shorthanded Commodores 32-2 in bench points. The Tigers also knocked down 75 percent of their foul shots (18-of-24).

NOTES
For the third straight game, Shavon Coleman and Morgan started with Martin and Stringer coming off the bench. The other starters were O'Bryant, Mickey and Anthony Hickey. . .O'Bryant had his double-double by halftime with 13 points and 10 rebounds. . .LSU crushed Vanderbilt on the boards in the first half 30-10. . .In another key first-half stat, the Commodores missed seven of their nine 3-point attempts. . .Coleman didn't score a point, but he did an excellent job guarding Odom in the first half on the perimeter. Odom was just 2-of-4 from the field, including 1-of-2 on 3-pointers, in the first 20 minutes. Odom had made six treys in Vanderbilt's victory against Missouri on Thursday. Coleman, who was 0-of-6 from the field, did have a career-high four assists and five rebounds. . .Morgan made four of his five field goal attempts while scoring nine points. That point total was Morgan's second highest of the season. He had 12 points against Butler. . .Hickey did very little as he had five points, no assists and no steals in 20 minutes. After going 4-of-16 from the field against Ole Miss, Hickey took just three shots and made two Saturday. . .Stringer had a solid game off the bench with ten points and three steals. He was 4-of-8 from the field. Stringer now has 116 steals which puts him in 18th place on the school's all-time list. He started the night tied with Storm Warren. . .Quarterman rebounded from his poor outing at Ole Miss to score seven points and grab a season-high eight rebounds. Quarterman had two assists and two turnovers in 21 minutes. . .The Tigers committed 12 turnovers - three by O'Bryant. . .Odom led Vanderbilt with 20 points. Jones, a freshman from Scotlandville (La.) High School, finished with 16 points and six rebounds. Parker, whose hometown is Baton Rouge, had ten points. Parker played his high school basketball in Milton (Ga.). . .The 23-point margin of victory was LSU's largest in a SEC game since it beat Ole Miss 81-55 two seasons ago. It had been 24 years since the Tigers had a larger victory against the Commodores. LSU beat Vanderbilt 101-72 in 1990. . .After losing seven straight games to the Commodores, the Tigers have won two straight. . .LSU is 11-5 overall and 2-2 in the SEC. The Tigers are one of five teams with a 2-2 conference record. The other teams are Alabama, Mississippi State, Missouri and Tennessee. Five teams - Florida (4-0), Kentucky (3-1), Georgia (3-1), Ole Miss (3-1) and Texas A&M (3-1) - are ahead of LSU in the standings. . . .Vanderbilt is 9-7 overall and 1-3 in the SEC. . .The paid attendance was 9,716 - a season-best. The actual crowd of about 6,600 was also a season-high.

FROM THE LOCKERROOM
Coach Johnny Jones
"We're really excited for our guys to be rewarded for their efforts in practice and in games. To have an outcome like this is great. Defensively, our guys did a tremendous job in terms of staying attached to them, crowding them and making sure their shots were contested. Johnny O'Bryant did a super job in terms of setting the tone for our team early in the game. I really credit his teammates for feeding off hm in the first half."

"We were able to put a little bit of a wrinkle in our offense in the last couple of days of practice. It was something that we needed in terms of our movement. We wanted to make sure our high-low action was there. Our zone offense looks a lot better when those outside shots are going down. We made shots from the outside tonight, Johnny was able to attack inside and get some creases. We shoot 75 percent from the free throw line. That's a good night for us."

"Johnny had a decent practice today, but it wasn't great. I had a little visit with him right before the game. He said that he was ready and really focused. He said that he was locked in. He went out and did it from the start - rebounding and trying to get opportunities around the basket. Johnny didn't allow the last game to bother him tonight. He played at a whole different level tonight."


Johnny O'Bryant
"I was just taking my time, posting hard and going to the rim like a mad man to get offensive rebounds. I was trying to get my team as much energy at each possession as I could. I pushed the guys to come out with a lot of energy. We just had to turn up the intensity. It showed tonight. We did a great job of attacking the zone. Our big men didn't settle for a lot of jump shots. We took it to the rim and got their big guys in foul trouble. The guards did a great job of getting the ball to the bigs, which we didn't do against Ole Miss. We did that tonight and we lived at the free throw line."


NEXT UP
LSU will play host to Missouri at the PMAC on Tuesday at 6 p.m. Missouri (14-3, 2-2) defeated Alabama 68-47 in Columbia on Saturday afternoon. The LSU-Missouri game will be broadcast on ESPNU.


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