Da Boot Sports
By: Terrill J. Weil
BATON ROUGE, LA: The 17th ranked LSU Fighting Tigers improved their record to 12-0 as they defeated the Lipscomb Bison, 95-60 in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center on Wednesday night.
The blowout victory was an impressive total team effort. Once again, it was the relentless man-to-man defense and full court press that set the tone of the ball game. The pressure forced the Bison into 22 turnovers that led to 30 points for the Tigers. It was also nice to see LSU start a game fast and shoot right at 50% from the floor the entire night. The Tigers finished shooting 40-75 for 53% and a nice 12-22 from behind the three point arc for 55%. LSU also controlled the boards on both ends of the court, outrebounding Lipscomb, 44-28.
Darius Days led the team in scoring with 21 points on the night. Xavier Pinson continued to play well scoring 17. Brandon Murray and Eric Gaines both contributed 13 points each as they were both sparks off the bench. Efton Reid finished with 12 points as he was a force under the basket. Mwani Wilkinson added 11 points, while Alex Fudge added 8 in the contest.
The Tigers controlled the opening tip and wasted little time grabbing the lead going up 5-0 during the first 60 seconds of the game.
LSU would then go on a 13-5 run over the next four minutes to lead 18-5 at the 15:04 mark as Lipscomb struggled against the
Tigers full court press, turning the ball over five times early in the contest.
The Bison answered with an 8-0 run as LSU's offense would go ice cold, cutting the Tigers' lead to 18-13 with 10:23 to go in the half.
Leading 32-22 at the 5:23 mark, LSU would score five straight on a three pointer by Xavier Pinson and a layup by Brandon Murray to extend the lead to 37-22. Darius Days increased the Tigers' advantage to 18 points, hitting a three pointer with 3:38 left. 40-22, LSU...
The Tigers were hot again and began to pull away from the Bison, finishing the first half with an 8-2 run as they would take a 48-24 lead into the locker room at the half.
LSU had a solid first half offensively, shooting 19-40 from the floor for 48%, while shooting 50% from three point land, going 8-16.
Darius Days led the team with 12 points at the half, while Brandon Murray and Xavier Pinson added 8 points each. Efton Reid and Mwani Wilkinson each contributed 7 points in the first 20 minutes of play.
Defensively LSU forced the Bison into ten first half turnovers, while outrebounding them 25-17.
LSU began the second half playing with intensity on both ends of the floor, going on a 14-7 run over the first four minutes to take a 62-31 advantage over the Bison.
The Tigers continued to play a suffocating man to man defense, causing Lipscomb to take poor shots and turn the ball over as LSU would go on to build a 34 point lead, 75-41 at the 9:52 mark.
With 5:34 left in the contest, and the Tigers up 84-49, Will Wade began to pull his starters and empty the bench for some mop up time and q aaa.
At the 3:35 mark, Efton Reid would sink a three pointer to put the Tigers up by 40 points, 91-51. The bench players flexed their muscles to finish off the final three minutes of the contest.
FINAL: LSU 95, Lipscomb 60
**Will Wade's Press Conference Opening Statement:
“Alright, what do we want to talk about? We won, we’re 12-0, we’ve got to get a lot better heading into the SEC. We turned it over 10 times in the second half, gave up nine points and three three’s in the last four minutes to get to 60 points. I liked the way we moved the ball – six guys in double figures, would’ve been seven with (Alex) Fudge, he was right there. That was a positive. Twenty assists, that was a positive.”
**On what Coach will tell players to expect going into the hostile Auburn environment…
“We just talked about that for 10 minutes in the locker room. We’re going to have to be much better than we’ve been to go into Auburn and give ourselves an opportunity to win.”
Next up the Tigers will begin SEC play as they travel to Auburn on Wednesday, Dec. 29th at 6:00pm. The game will be televised on SEC Network....
Photos Below By: Michael Bacigalupi