Tigers hold off EA Sports 70-65

In the end, it was obvious that it was just the first exhibition game for the fifth-ranked LSU men's basketball team Thursday night at the Maravich Assembly Center.

Coach John Brady and his players know that they still are a work in progress after a 70-65 win over a tough minded EA Sports traveling team of former collegiate players. The Tigers conclude the exhibition season on Wednesday (Nov. 15) against Louisiana College and open the regular season on Friday, Nov. 17, against Nicholls State.


EA Sports is now 1-4 on its present tour but has yet to lose a game by more than five points as they took advantage of some sloppy Tiger play in the final 12 minutes to cut a 17-point LSU lead down to the final margin, outscoring the Tigers, 31-19.


"I thought we tried to defend at times and we rebounded the ball okay as the game went along," said LSU Coach John Brady. "However, we missed many open shots and that was the thing that disturbed me the most was our inability to make shots. We had some careless turnovers that allowed them to get back in the game. The decisions we made determined that. We made some indecisions with the ball that led to turnovers. They had 26 points off turnovers."


LSU shot 40 percent for the game, 26-of-65, but just 1-of-7 from the arc. But defensively the Tigers held EA Sports to just 33.8 percent (23-of-68). LSU out rebounded the traveling team, 51-38.


Glen Davis had 16 points and 14 rebounds, hitting 8-of-9 free throws, while Dameon Mason had 14 points. Darnell Lazare had 12 and Tasmin Mitchell 10 for LSU. Geoff Husted had 21 points and 10 boards, while Jason Forte added 15 for EA Sports.


"We had a chance to get back in the game," said EA Sports Coach Maury Hanks. We played a lot harder in the last five minutes of the game. LSU is too good of a team to take possessions off. Early in the game we took possessions off, and they made us pay for it. It was a good game."

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