"Torris really did well out there," Temple said of Bright's performance. "That's positive when we can get our guys shooting well. Hopefully we can maintain that throughout the season."
"I always thought our team was a pretty good shooting team," LSU head coach John Brady said. "We showed it tonight by making some shots."
"When another guy is hot, it motivates his teammates to shoot better," said Bright. "We were all feeling good and getting open looks, and knocked down a lot of open shots."
The hapless Demons (2-5), led by sophomore center D'or Fischer with 14 points and 14 rebounds, shot a paltry 32.3 percent (21 of 65) from the field, and made only four of 25 three-pointers attempted.
The Tigers (6-1) stormed out to a 24-9 lead in the first 10 minutes of the game, sinking nine of its first 12 attempts, including four from three-point range. The Demons had a comeback of sorts, closing the gap to 37-21 before LSU went on a tear in the last few minutes of the half, scoring eight unanswered points, including a pair of threes from Bright and Temple and a half-ending dunk by Ronald Dupree. Dupree finished the game 6-of-15 for 15 points and five rebounds.
"I thought in the first half we played very well," Brady said. "We came out ready to play, and we gave a lot of respect to Northwestern. Our team came out and played probably the best first half it has yet."
"One thing we did was play good defense," Temple commented, "and defense breeds offense. Even if we're not shooting the ball well, if we continue to play good defense we'll be OK."
LSU cooled off a bit in the second half, allowing Fischer to score eight points over an eight-minute stretch. The Tiger bench struggled with defense and shooting and when LSU's lead was cut to 21 with four minutes to go in the game, Bright re-entered the game and picked up where he left off, nailing his fifth and final three-pointer of the game, bringing the team's total to 12.
"At that one stretch we were bad, and I didn't like it," Brady said. "That's why we called timeout and made some substitutions."
Fan favorite Pete Bozek came off the bench and with 1:47 to play dropped a perfect three-pointer through the hoop for the record-tying shot and the roaring adulation of the student section. The record ties a mark set four times in the school's history, most recently accomplished in 1995. Bozek would score another basket with four seconds remaining to finish with a career-high five points.
"We put Pete in to break the record," Brady said to laughs all around.
"It's good, but that's the least of my worries," he continued a bit more seriously. "I'm worried about the play of our team. In the second half we got a little careless at times. I don't like that to happen. We broke down a bit and [our lead] got down to 19 or 20, but we pushed it back at the end. It was good for out team to be able to do that."LSU returns to action Tuesday against Louisiana-Lafayette. The Tigers and Cajuns tip off at 7 p.m. at the Maravich Assembly Center.