Da Boot Sports
By: Terrill J. Weil
BATON ROUGE, LA - The LSU Fighting Tigers improved their record to 3-0 on Thursday night with a 91-62 blowout victory over the UNO Privateers on Dale Brown Court in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.
After trailing briefly early in the contest, the Bayou Bengals shifted into cruise control the rest of the way, overwhelming the Privateers as 15 different Tigers saw action on the floor throughout the night. The Tigers finished with 51 points off the bench.
Derek Fountain lead the Tigers with 15 points, while Cam Hayes scored 13 and Justice Hill added 12 points in the game.
LSU shot 30-58 from the floor for 52% and 12-28 from behind the arc for 43%,... The Tigers had a better night at the free throw line going 19-26 for 73%.
Defensively, LSU scored 21 points off of 22 turnovers. 17 of those turnovers were steals. LSU also owned the boards, outrebounding UNO, 36-29.
“Really proud of our players and the progress that we made. I know the score turned out well for
us, but what I was most pleased with was that I thought we were more of a team today." LSU Head Coach Matt McMahon said. "Watching the celebrators celebrate each other's success, that is something we really want to continue to build. I’m really fired up for Derek Fountain and Cam Hayes. They were fantastic tonight and I don't think it was an accident. They've had great practices, they have shown great leadership, and
I think both were very prepared for when their opportunity came. Their impact on the game was
LSU started slowly as they found themselves behind to UNO early, 6-2 before waking up to go on a 9-0 run over the next two minutes to take an 11-6 lead with 16:15 left on the clock.
The Privateers kept the contest close, pulling to within 12-9, but LSU would slowly begin to dominate the game.
The Tigers went on a 20-3 run over the next ten minutes building their largest lead of the early season, 32-12 at the 5:49 mark.
UNO had no quit in them, as they continued to fight as they managed to trim the LSU lead to 16 points, but the Tigers turned up the heat over the final three minutes of the half, going on a 10-4 run to hold a 47-25 lead at the half.
Derek Fountain lead the Tigers at the half with 13 points,... Justice Hill hit three 3-pointers for 9 points at the break,... Mwani Wilkinson scored 6,... KJ Williams added 5,... while Adam Miller and Trae Hannibal finished with 4 points each.
LSU's defense forced 15 UNO turnovers in the first half, while outrebounding the Privateers, 22-17.
The Tigers took control early in the second half, outscoring the Privateers, 21-10 over the first ten minutes to build a 68-35 lead at the 9:48 mark.
McMahon was pleased with the performance of his team, especially several of the players who came in off the bench to contribute.
“I think it started at the defensive end. Fountain off the bench had seven steals and he led us in
offensive rebounds. Those were big-effort, hustle-type plays. That gave us the ability to go out
there and get some transition, easier baskets, and some confidence on the offensive end. I
thought the bench was great." said McMahon. "Kendal Coleman got seven rebounds, I thought he was very
physical. Adam Miller got a lot of good looks. We want him to take every single one of those
threes. It was very encouraging for me to see us go 12-for-28 from three on a night that he didn't
shoot as well as he’s capable of. He’s one of the top shooters in all of college basketball. I
thought that balance off the bench was key to the game.”
Next up LSU will travel to play in the Cayman Islands Classic from Nov. 21.- 23. The Tigers will open up against Illinois State on Monday. Tipoff is set for 10:00am CST.
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