By: Terrill J. Weil
Da Boot Sports!
BATON ROUGE:: The Tigers were looking to extend their winning streak to ten in a row Saturday morning, at home, against the Ole Miss Rebels, Black Bears, or Land Sharks which ever name they choose to be called for the contest, (So ridiculous). This is the second time in two weeks that these teams have squared off, as LSU defeated Ole Miss in Oxford on January 18th, 80-76. LSU would control the opening tip and take a 1-0 lead as Trendon Watford would make one of two free throws. Ole Miss would answer quickly as Devontae Shuler would can a three-pointer, 3-1 Rebels. The game pace really picked up as both teams would push the ball down the floor and take quick attempts at a basket. Jovante Smart would bank in a lay up to tie the score at 9-9 with 16:34 to play in the half. From there, LSU would begin to dominate the Land Sharks, going on a 23 to 2 run over the next ten minutes. With 5:38 on the cock, Ole Miss would finally break their scoring drought, as Sammy Hunter would dunk for two points to cut the Tigers' lead to, 32-13. Over the next three minutes, LSU would cool off offensively, but keep up the heat on defense, as they could only manage six points over the next four minutes, but limited the Black Bears to only three, for a 38-16 lead with 1:45 to go. The teams would trade free throws over the last 44 seconds of the period, locking the halftime score at, LSU 40, Ole Miss 20. Trendon Watford was the scoring leader for the Tigers in the first half, putting up 11 points, while Emmitt Williams added nine. The Tigers out rebounded the Rebels/Black Bears/Land Sharks, 22 to 11, and held Ole Miss to 25% (7-28) shooting from the floor, while LSU went 12-20 for 60%, adding 15 more from the charity stripe.
Ole Miss would start the second half in a blaze, turning up their intensity, and go on a 12-0 run to quickly trim LSU's 20 point lead to eight, 40-32 at the 16:42 mark. Darius Days finally put the Tigers on the board in the second half, finger rolling the ball into the basket to put LSU up by ten, 42-32 at the 15:49 mark timeout. With the Black Bears raising their level of play, the Tigers began to match their intensity. Playing without the services of Skylar Mays for much of the second half due to foul trouble, LSU still managed to out score the Rebels, 19-9 over the next nine minutes, as the score would stand at 61-43. Darius Days would make a three-pointer, increasing the Tigers' lead to 64-43 with 6:51 to play. At the 2:00 mark, LSU would hold a 72-57 lead. After a few more horrible phantom calls, by a officiating crew, who seemed to have trouble calling a good ball game today, the Tigers finished off the Ole Miss Rebels/Black Bears/Land Sharks, (whatever they are), 73-63, in a game that wasn't as close as the final score would indicate.
Javonte Smart would lead the Tigers in scoring with 21 points. Trendon Watford would add 13 points, while Marvin Taylor would come off the bench to record a double-double, with 13 points & 11 rebounds. LSU would lead by as much as 24 points, as they pretty much dominated Ole Miss throughout the contest. With the Victory, LSU has now won 10 straight games, and still sits on top of the SEC at 8-0, 17-4 overall. Ole Miss falls to 10-11 overall (1-7 in SEC).
Next up, the Tigers will travel to Nashville to play Vanderbilt on Feb. 5th, then head to the plains of Auburn to battle the Tigers, on Feb. 8th. LSU will then return home to face Missouri on Feb. 11th.
By: Terrill J. Weil
Da Boot Sports!
LSU Basketball vs. Ole Miss
February 1, 2020
LSU Head Coach Will Wade
“I thought we played a great first half. I thought we came out with great energy, great enthusiasm. Second half, obviously, wasn’t as good. I thought the way we ended the first half hurt us. We let them go on a 4-0 run. We had some turnovers. In the second half we weren’t nearly as good, but I thought Javonte (Smart) made plays when we needed him to. I thought Marlon (Taylor) made some huge plays and some big plays as well. It was a good team win. At the end of the day we’re 8-0 in the league. I think it’s the first time in 40 years, something like that. It’s obviously not very easy to do and you’ve got to give credit to our guys. We have to play better. We’re going to have to play more consistently moving forward. We have a big week ahead, starting with Vanderbilt on the road.”
On the early second-half woes…
“We missed a few layups at the beginning. This was different. The Alabama game, we shot a bunch of threes to start the second half. This game we still shot a bunch of shots inside. We missed some shots inside. Our ball-screen coverage – we let them get a little more comfortable where they had some cleaner looks to start the second half. I think it was a combination of both, but give Mississippi credit. They could have folded and not played well in the second half, but they came out ready to play.”
On if this year’s team is similar to last year’s…
“We’ll see. We’ve got to keep our stride. You look at it – three of our four losses are by two points and we had the lead in the last minute of every single one of those two-point losses. We’ve obviously won a lot of close games too so all that stuff just evens out. It just so happened it evened out in conference for us instead of out of conference. We have a long way to go. If we want to have a special season, we’ve got to be more dominant on both sides of the ball. We’ve got to value each possession more. We’ve got to be cleaner with what we’re doing. We’re in a good spot, but there’s a lot of time left, there’s a lot of season left and we’ve got to continue to improve and continue to get better. I think time will tell, basically, how much everything mirrors each other.”
LSU vs. Ole Miss
February 1, 2020
LSU Forward Trendon Watford On the early start…
“We always get up early throughout the week and come in here and do skill work, so waking up early was not really a change for us. Coach (Will Wade) told us to go out there and have energy, so that was the biggest thing.”
On defending shots…
“It is a tough thing to finish through contact. Tyree (Breein) is a great player, so we just tried to make it tough for him and finish on the glass. You have me, Emmitt (Williams) and (Darius) Days down there, so it is hard to finish through us.”
LSU Guard Marlon Taylor On the early start…
“We prepared the right way. We live for games like this.”
On the energy playing offense and defense…
“Today was just my day. Each game is someone’s night.”
LSU Guard Javonte Smart On scoring in the second half…
“We just stayed in attack mode. Coach just told us to stay in attack mode coming out of halftime.”
On coming out of halftime and holding the lead…
“We just came out with energy. There was a lack of energy coming out of halftime. They had some big shots. We just try to bring the energy to bring the team back up.”
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