Tigers post exhibition win

LSU basketball coach John Brady said he was pleased overall with his team's performance in Monday night's 78-71exhibition win over the Global Sports All-Stars. The game against the Tigers was the third against a Southeastern Conference opponent for the hodge-podge of former college players and provided LSU with a good measuring stick of its progress.

"I think this may be the nicest exhibition team we've ever played here," said Brady, noting that Global Sports held halftime leads against Auburn and Ole Miss and led by ten against Vanderbilt before dropping all three contests.

Ronald Dupree led the Tigers with 20 points and 10 rebounds in 34 minutes of playing time. Joining him in double figures was Collis Temple III, who scored 18 in 28 minutes of action.

Brady used eleven different players against Global Sports, all of whom scored in the game. The starting five of Dupree, Temple, Torris Bright, Charlie Thompson and Brad Bridgewater accounted for 52 points of the Tigers' final total.

"We had a lot of guys playing for the first time at this level, and I think they fared pretty well," said Temple. "For the first exhibition game, we wanted to use it as a practice game, and I think it served it's purpose."

With Thompson running the point, Bright played at the 2-position and struggled to find his range. He was 1-of-9 from the floor with all of his attempts from behind the arc. He and Bridgewater finished with 5 points, and Thompson had 4.

JueMichael Young led all bench players with 7 points, hitting a both of his 3-point attempts and adding a free throw in 11 minutes. Antonio Hudson and Thomas Davis each had 6 points, Jason Wilson added 3 and Jermaine Williams and Xavier Whipple each scored two.

Williams was the first player off the bench, entering at the 14:23 mark of the first half, and walk-on Pete Bozek was the only player dressed out who didn't play in the game. Freshmen walk-ons Josh Maravich and Paul Wolfert did not dress out.

LSU led from the onset against Global Sports, taking a 9-4 lead in the opening four minutes. The All-Stars got to within two points with their next two possessions, but the Tigers moved ahead 25-15 on a free throw from Hudson with 8:53 on the clock.

The biggest lead for LSU came with 3:20 to go before the half when Temple drove left baseline for a basket that made the score 42-26. Brady elected to substitute following an official timeout at the 3:07 mark, allowing Global Sports to come to within 12, 45-33, at halftime.

"Had we left in some of the more veteran guys on the team, we probably could have run away with the game at that point," said Brady.

The All-Stars started the second half on a 9-3 run to get within six points, 48-42, at the first official stoppage of the period. But a 12-4 rally from the Tigers put them ahead by 14 with 9:55 left to play.

But then momentum then swung back in favor of Global Sports, who cut LSU's lead to three points, 64-61, with 5:02 remaining. Marvin Rogers provided the put-back basket just after the All-Stars had run down the shot clock to one second and reset it on Billy Keys' missed lay-up.

"We came out in the second half kind of lackadaisical and (the All-Stars) were good enough to take advantage of that," said Brady.

Dupree gave LSU breathing room with a 3-pointer at the 4:46 mark, and the Tigers followed with unanswered field goals from Temple and Dupree. Global Sports outscored LSU 10-8 over the final 2:47 of the game, but it wasn't enough to erode the Tigers' lead.

Anthony Evans, a former University of Georgia center, led the All-Stars with 22 points off the bench. He and Mark Young recorded ten rebounds. Keys and Young each finished with 10 points, while Jeff Greer had 13.

Brady noted that he had not installed a zone defense yet in practice, requiring his team to play man-to-man against a very athletic Global Sports team the entire night. The Tigers will implement more of their game plan before their next game, next Monday's exhibition against Sports Tours, and will have the zone defense installed for their season opener against Campbell on Saturday, Nov. 17. 

"I don't any film out there on what we're doing," Brady explained. "We have more work to do on our game plan in practice and there are little things I saw tonight we need to improve on."

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