Tigers knock off EA Sports 62-52

Coach John Brady got his first look at the Tiger basketball team in live action last night as LSU defeated the EA Sports All-Stars in exhibition action 62-52 at the Maravich Center.

Brady has talked at length about a more up-tempo offensive look, much different from the Tigers typical defense-first mentality. While LSU managed just 62 points, similar to the Tigers of old, Brady was pleased with some things he saw on the offensive end of the floor.

"The thing I wanted to see was how we were offensively," Brady said. "I do know this from just watching that game -- we better be good in transition because we're not real good in the half court. I think the only baskets we did get were in transition. We didn't execute very well at all. I think we missed some really nice looks at the goal. We missed four or five layups. Early on we missed some shots."

Three Tigers finished in double figures with Darrel Mitchell leading the way with 14 points. The junior from St. Martinville was 5-of-11 from the floor including 4-of-8 from beyond the three-point arch.

Tack Minor was an impressive 5-of-9 from the floor, dished out five assists with three rebounds and true freshman Glen Davis connected on 5-of-6 shots for 12 points in his LSU debut.

Sophomore standout Brandon Bass, who recently returned to action after minor knee surgery, started the game, but played a limited role scoring two points in 17 minutes.

LSU shot a miserable 32.1-percent from the floor in the first half on 9-of-28shooting. The Tigers led EA Sports 27-22 at the half, but rebounded in the second stanza hitting 14-of-27 shots (51.9-percent) to move on for the 10-point victory.

"We started out real bad like we have the last three games, but it has a lot to do with LSU," said EA Sports coach Maury Hanks. "(LSU) have very good players, and they are well coached for so early in the season. We fought back and I think we gave them a competitive game."

Just a note, a familiar face appeared on the EA Sports bench. Former Tiger Brad Bridgewater led all scorers for the All-Stars with 11 points. Bridgewater (LSU 1999-03), hit just 3-of-8 shots, but was 5-of-7 from the free throw line.

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