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By: Terrill J. Weil
BATON ROUGE, LA - The Tigers opened up the 2023-24 season with a 106-60 blowout victory over Mississippi Valley State at home in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.
Despite the opponent, the Tigers looked sharp most of the night shooting well from the outside and showcasing talented new comer Will Baker.
Baker introduced himself to the Tiger fans with 29 total points in only 19 minutes of game play.
Carlos Stewart played solid at the point, doing a great job of running the LSU offense for most of the game. He finished with 9 points.
Jordan Wright contributed 12 points, while Daimion Collins added 11.
Tyrell Ward also scored 11 on the night.
What impressed me the most on the night was LSU's perimeter shooting. They finished the game shooting 58% from the floor (34-59). They shot 54% from behind the three point arc (14-26) and were solid from the charity stripe hitting 24-34 for 71%.
Defensively the Tigers forced 22 turnovers that they were able to convert into 35 points.
The only disappointing stat was rebounding, as LSU was only able to out-rebound the Delta Devils, 38-32.
Twelve Tigers got into the scoring column as Matt McMahon played several players during the contest.
“Great way to start off the season." Matt McMahon said. "Really appreciate all the fans and the students that came out tonight. Love the unselfishness and effort our guys played with. Like I said good way to start things off. I thought shot selection was good. Had seven turnovers in the first half and a lot of unforced errors. We went about twelve minutes there in the second half without a turnover, so I was excited to see that improvement. I think defensively we were able to be disruptive with the press and some of the defensive concepts. This pointed at our defensive rebounding. Too many offensive rebounds allowed and that will be an area we work in practice as we start preparing for Nicholls State on Friday night. Excited to go 1-0 and looking forward to getting to play in the PMAC again Friday night at seven.”
The Tigers got on the board first on a Mike William III three point shot at the 19:04 mark, 3-0 Tigers.
Over the next five minutes LSU would go on a 12-7 run to hold a 15-7 advantage at the 14:19 officials timeout. The run was highlighted by a nice two hand dunk by 7'-0" center Will Baker and three pointers by Tyrell Ward and Carlos Stewart.
Early on this LSU squad showed they have the ability to shoot the ball well from the perimeter as well as an inside game with Will Baker.
LSU increased their lead to 36-20, going on a 21-13 run over the next eight minutes of play.
With 3:12 left in the first half, the Tigers held a 42-23 lead over the Delta Devils as Matt McMahon continued to substitute heavily throughout the opening period.
Tyrell Ward hit a three pointer at the buzzer to send LSU into the locker room at the half with a 56-29 lead. The Tigers finished the half on a 20-9 run over the final six minutes.
It was the Will Baker show in the first half as he dazzled the LSU crowd with 21 points. Baker was a force in the paint, solid at the charity stripe and even showed his ranged, burying a three pointer. Tyrell Ward had a nice first half with 11 points for the Bayou Bengals.
The Tigers shot 60% from the floor in the first half (18-30), 50% from three point range (5-10) and 94% from the free throw line (15-16). LSU forced 12 turnovers while committing seven. The Tigers out-rebounded the Delta Demons, 16-15 over the first 20 minutes.
LSU began the second half going on a 14-5 run over the first five minutes to take a 70-34 lead.
The Tigers turned up their defensive heat in the second half only allowing Mississippi Valley State nine points during the first eight minutes of the second period, while staying hot offensively shooting 61% from the floor. At the 11:44 mark the Tigers lead 81-37.
Coach McMahon continued to shuffle his lineup giving several players nice quality minutes.
LSU continued their dominance over the out-manned Delta Devils holding a 50 point lead, 97-47 with 3:47 left in the contest.
The victory was a nice way to begin the season. Next up, the Tigers stay home in the P-MAC as they will take on Nicholls on Friday, November 10th at 7:00pm CST.
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