LSU scalps ULM; Gipson leaves team

Jaime Lloreda scored 26 points and pulled down 10 rebounds as the LSU Tigers won their fourth straight game Saturday afternoon dismissing the UL-Monroe Indians 96-65. <br><br> After missing the season opener, Lloreda has averaged 26 points per game in three contest scoring 30 versus McNeese on Monday, 23 against Troy State on Wednesday and Saturday's 26-point effort against the Tribe.

Three Tigers recorded career highs in scoring Saturday as freshmen Regis Koundjia and Tack Minor each scored a dozen points each. Reserve forward Paul Wolfert came on late putting up five points.


LSU (4-0) started slow but led the entire game bolting out to a quick 5-0 lead after a pair of Lloreda free throws. ULM closed the gap to 10-7 on an Aaron Branch free throw, but the Indians (0-5) would get no closer.


The Tigers went on an 11-0 run and built a 21-7 advantage after a Minor layup with 11:32 left in the first period. The Tigers led 43-24 at the half.


LSU shot a phenomenal 64.8-percent for the game, hitting 35 of 54 shots in the game, including 7 of 11 shots from behind the three-point arch. In the second half, the Tigers shot a startling 68-percent on 19 of 28 shooting.


Brandon Bass, who has emerged as a stalwart on both ends of the floor for coach John Brady's club, was business as usual scoring 10 points with six blocked shots.


Chavis Thompson led ULM with 14 points followed by RoShon Jacobs with 12. Mark Keith added 11 in the loss, in which the Indians shot just 36.4-percent from the floor (24 of 66).



Gipson leaves team due to lack of playing time


Coach John Brady announced Saturday reserve guard Tony Gipson has left the LSU team.

Gipson's departure marks the third Tiger to leave the LSU squad since the beginning of the season. Tim Bush and Mildon Ambres have already jumped ship.


"It is disappointing Tony has decided to try and continue his basketball and academic pursuits somewhere else," Brady said. "We helped Tony through some academic difficulties last year and he would have given us added depth on the perimeter. But in my discussions with Tony, he felt his role on the team should be more in terms of minutes played and would hurt his opportunity to play at the next level. Although I may disagree with his thoughts, I respect his decision and wish him well. We will help him in everyway."

Gipson appeared in the first three games this season and played 14 games last season before being forced to miss the second half of the season with academic issues.

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