Tigers tear through Towson

LSU used 18 steals and 61 percent shooting in the second half to distance itself from Towson in Wednesday night's 83-46 win for the Bayou Bengals at the Maravich Assembly Center. The Tigers overcame a sloppy start to quickly build a double-digit lead against the visitors from the Colonial Athletic Conference and improved to 5-1 on the season.

Collis Temple shot 10-of-12 from the field and totaled 24 points and seven rebounds for LSU with most of his scoring coming in the transition and on baseline moves to the basket. He also led the Tigers with five steals Post play was also a big factor in the Tigers' win, as Brad Bridgewater enjoyed a physical advantage on the inside to score 12 points in 18 minutes of action.

Torris Bright had 14 points and seven assists, and Ronald Dupree added 11 points and four assists.

"I thought we played well in the second half and did what was necessary to widen the score," said LSU head coach John Brady. "We rebounded well, scored in the transition and played with more energy."

Towson (1-3) hung around through the first ten minutes of the game thanks to LSU turnovers and held a 14-13 lead at the 10:33 mark when Calvin Dodson drove the lane for a lay-up. Jermaine Williams put the Tigers back in front with back-to-back baskets that started a 13-0 run.

Keon Blanks finally ended Towson's 5:35 scoreless drought with a baseline jumper, but Temple replied with a 3-pointer and a put-back basket. Bridgewater provided two more field goals from the paint to put LSU ahead 36-23 at halftime.

"Coach Brady said the post men needed to step up to make our team better," said Bridgewater, "so I came out a little more aggressive tonight. Plus, we've got to make a difference at the post if we want our perimeter players to be effective."

LSU outscored Towson 15-2 to begin the second half and put the pressure on defensively, forcing a number of turnovers near mid-court that to easy Tiger baskets. The exclamation point on the run was Bridgewater's slam dunk in transition from a Temple feed with 15:58 to play.

The Tigers stretched their lead past the 30-point margin when Antonio Hudson nailed a 10-foot jump shot with 6:48 remaining, making the score 69-38. The largest lead for LSU came with the game's final basket, a baseline jumper from Thomas Davis.

"We didn't do what we're supposed to in the first half, for the most part, but we came back and played well in the second half," said Temple. "We just played with more intensity in the second half. Georgetown beat them by 50 so we still didn't play like we wanted."

LSU finished the game 36-of-65 (55.4 percent) from the field with 5-of-14 shooting on 3-pointers. Towson was 20-of-54 (37.0 percent) and committed 23 turnovers.

Brady's critique of the game included a call for continued physical play from Bridgewater. Although the junior forward made a few strong moves to the basket, the coach said he would like the 6-foot-8, 240-pounder to use his size and strength to his advantage. 

"He made baskets early, and we got him in position to score," said Brady. "He's trying to push the ball with one hand in instead of using what he's got – his size and physical stature – to move to goal and either score the basket with guys hanging off of him or draw the foul."

The Tigers had only 12 chances from the free throw line and made six, while Towson was 3-of-10 from the line.

LSU returns to action Sunday afternoon in a double header with the Lady Tigers. The LSU women host Purdue at 2 p.m., and the Tigers meet Northwestern State with tip-off set for approximately 4:30 p.m.

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