WATCH: LSU basketball post-Southern Miss press conferencese

Watch LSU coach Johnny Jones and players meet with the media after the Tigers' win over Southern Miss.

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Johnny Jones Quotes

Opening Statement …

“It was really good getting off to a 2-0 start, playing two different teams that certainly had two different styles of play. Our guys certainly had to make the adjustment, as one team was a little bit more deliberate in terms of its offense. This team (Southern Miss) tonight was excellent in terms of its speed and athleticism. The way that they played, they were able to drive the ball to the rim and hit some early shots on the perimeter against us. We were glad to go in with the halftime lead. I thought we did a good job in terms of holding them under 40 percent shooting from the field there in the first half. Although we went in with the lead, I didn’t think we had the flow that I would have liked to have in the first half on the offensive end. It was more of the same in the second half. We scored 78 points, but I didn’t think we ever really got into the rhythm that we would have liked to on the offensive end of the floor, and we still shot about 53 percent. Those are areas that we can improve on and continue to get better as our season progresses.”

On the stopping Southern Miss during LSU’s scoring drought in the second half … 

“When you build a bit of a cushion and if you go that long without scoring, the great thing is that our guys are at least conscious of making an effort on the defensive end of the floor. I am proud of the way that they continued to battle in going that length without scoring. To be able to hold them from scoring is a huge plus for us. However, I think our efficiency with us on the offensive end if we are playing the right way is going to make it difficult for us to go that length of time without scoring. I was pleased defensively with Duop (Reath) because of the fact that he continued to stay engaged and stayed aggressive although he picked up fouls. Our guards have got to get better with on-ball defenders. They need to do a much better job of containing the basketball and not allowing the offensive team to break us down.”

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