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Johnny Jones, players talk LSU's win over Houston on Tuesday night

Johnny Jones and the LSU players met with the media after the team's win over Houston on Tuesday night.

Opening Statement …

“We are really excited to have a victory tonight against a very tough basketball team. (Houston) has done a tremendous job with a lot of guys back from last year’s team that finished at the top of its conference. They wound up going to the NIT. They have a lot of guys back from the team that we went into overtime with last year that really impact the game. I thought our guys did an excellent job of really coming out tonight and playing a full 40 minutes, especially in the first half without Duop (Reath) to hold on and play that well. Then, in the second half, we came out and did a great job offensively executing, and on the defensive end, we were getting stops early. As the game continued to play out, I thought our guys did a tremendous job of competing at a really high level against one of the better teams that we will have the opportunity to face prior to conference play.” 

On bouncing back with a win after the trip to the Bahamas … 

“I think it’s huge for us to have an opportunity to get back home after going to the Bahamas and playing three really tough games against some really stiff competition. The trip really served a purpose for us because we came back with a different focus, mindset, in terms of how we needed to play and the level. We have a lot of new guys, a lot of new faces. I thought the urgency that our guys played with was transferred from our play there.” 

On the complete effort in the win against Houston … 

“I thought that this was the best 40 minutes that we have played all year long. The guys did a tremendous job of sharing the basketball, playing the game. The energy that they expended on the defensive end of the floor and the plays that they were able to make down there created some offense for us. The way that they rebounded the basketball against a very tough team as well coincided with the way that we scored as well because we had a bunch of second chance opportunities.”

Blakeney on the teams rebounding…

“Winning the war on the boards and trying to get second-chance points was a focus, that's why Coach (Johnny Jones) started sending me to the glass. Craig (Victor) and all the bigs were really trying to get to the rebounds because we got beat on the boards in the Bahamas. So we were just trying to correct our mistakes.”

Blakeney on how having Craig Victor out helps on offense…

“It helps us a lot because he slows us down. If I take a bad shot he doesn't mind telling me that's it's a bad shot and that I need to try to get a better one. He’s a veteran and his maturity helps us out on offense a lot.”

Sampson on responding to Houston’s runs…

“They kept hitting shots. They’re a good and experienced team. All the guys that came back are capable of scoring and it's a game of runs so we had to keep going back at them. We withstood their runs really well and got out and got transition buckets.”

Sampson on his and Antonio Blakeney’s shooting performance…

“I think we shot the ball with more confidence tonight. Everything went down and I think we just got more comfortable. With Skylar (Mays) looking for us we got good looks and we knocked them down.”

Victor on if tonight’s performance was the teams best of the year…

“I believe so. We had a couple good consecutive practices leading up to this game. We had a good experience in the Bahamas and we just wanted to come back and better ourselves.”


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