Tigers can Campbell in season opener

LSU forward Ronald Dupree matched a career high with 16 rebounds and provided 18 points in the Tigers' 85-59 win over Campbell University in Saturday night's season opener for both teams at the Maravich Assembly Center. A paid crowd of 7,396 saw three other LSU players score in double figures and maintain a double digit lead against the Camels for better than two-thirds of the game.

Despite defensive lapses in the first half, LSU moved ahead by 12 points, 22-10, on a three-point basket from Collis Temple III, who finished with 16 points. A pair of free throws from Adam Fellers, the leading scorer for Campbell 16 points, with 9:04 remaining in the first half cut the Tigers' lead to 9, 24-15, but LSU posted 9 unanswered points to double its advantage.

Leading 41-29 at the break, the Tigers stepped up their play on the defensive end to start the second half and held the Camels scoreless for the opening 6:21. Temple accounted for 8 points in the 13-0 run for the Tigers.

"It was a good first game first game for us to play a team like that," said LSU coach John Brady. "We showed some patience.

"Defensively, I though did a good job against Fellers. For those of you who don't know, he is going to break the TAAC (now the Atlantic Sun Conference) 3-pointer record."

Fellers came into the LSU game with 242 treys and was held to 2-of-10 shooting behind the line against the Tigers. He needs 33 more to move past former Samford player Jonathan Pixley, a Baton Rouge product who played for Brady at the Birmingham, Ala., school.

The Camels were 23-of-67 (34.3 percent) from the field, including a 4-of-18 team mark on three-pointers. LSU put together 17-of-34 shooting in both halves for 50 percent field goal accuracy.

Despite Dupree's 8-for-18 night, Brady said he wanted a better defensive performance from his second-team All-SEC forward. Thirteen of Dupree's rebounds were on the defensive end, but Brady called timeouts twice when he saw lapses in the Tigers' defense.

"I thought we had a chance to go up by 20 in the first half," said Brady, "but our two best players (Dupree and Temple) don't rebound around the goal and they get two easy baskets."

Torris Bright sparked the Tigers throughout the game, turning in 13 points and 9 assists.

Off the bench, Antonio Hudson scored 11 points in 25 minutes of action, including a lay-up with 2:53 to play to give LSU its largest lead, 81-51.

"Any time you have a team by 30 that's coached as well as Campbell, I think that speaks well for you," said Brady.

LSU returns to action Monday night against Southern University, a team that relies heavily on transition offense and, according to Brady, likes to average 90 shots per game.

"We will try to make them guard us," he said. "They aren't used to defending people more than 12 seconds, so we're going to try to force them to do something they're not used to doing."

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