Following his team's sixth win in eight games Saturday versus Mississippi State, Johnny Jones reflected on how he felt several months back after his Tigers struggled mightily in a preseason exhibition game at the University of Houston.
"I didn't blink," Jones recalled of the bus ride back to Baton Rouge.
The Bayou Bengals' first-year coach indicated he was taken aback by how many areas needed improvement following the scrimmage with the Cougars.
It's likely Jones is feeling at least slightly more comfortable these days, especially now that LSU (15-8, 6-6) is back to .500 in SEC play after downing Mississippi State (7-17, 2-10) by the final score of 80-68.
Senior Charles Carmouche finished with a season-high 21 points to lead the team in scoring. Four other Tigers were in double figures as well - Andrew Del Piero (13, career high), Anthony Hickey (10), Johnny O'Bryant (10) and Andre Stringer (10).
O'Bryant made a run at becoming the first Tiger since Shaquille O'Neal to register a triple-double, but the Cleveland, Miss., native fell short, ending with 10 points (on 5-of-7 shooting), 11 rebounds and eight assists.
Guard Craig Sword led MSU and the game with 25 points. Colin Borchert (11) and Gavin Ware (10) also scored in double figures for Rick Ray's team.
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