The Tigers now will have one day of
preparation before opening the season on Friday night at 7 p.m. against
Louisiana College gave the Tigers quite a handful for the first 15 minutes of the contest, trailing by just 27-20 with six minutes to go in the first stanza before LSU went on a 19-2 run to close the half to go to the intermission up, 46-22. The Tigers continued to expand the lead to 30, 59-29, on a Darnell Lazare dunk with 13:36 to play, 41 on a Ben Voogd layup with 10:04 to play and as much as 59 points, 92-33, on a Chris Johnson bucket with 2:51 to go.
Tasmin Mitchell led LSU with 20
points, while Dameon Mason continued to show his ability since transferring from
LSU shot 58.6 percent in the first half and 60 percent in the second half to finish 38-of-64 for 59.4 percent and again was consistent at the line for the second straight exhibition, hitting 17-of-23 after hitting 17-of-24 in the win over EA Sports. LSU out rebounded the Wildcats, 48-23.
LSU cut its turnovers in half from the EA Sports game, turning the ball over just 11 times.
"I thought we were better
(Wednesday) than we were in the first exhibition simply from an effort and
intensity standpoint," said LSU Coach John Brady. "I think
"I thought we competed for the first 15 minutes," said longtime Louisiana College Coach Gene Rushing. "I don't take anything away from LSU's defense. Their defense is strong, and they get up in your lanes and play physical. My players didn't respond. LSU is very, very athletic. They have the elements to be very good. I think they will get better as they go along."
LSU will be the last team in the Southeastern Conference to play its first game of the year on Friday and will be one of the last 11 teams in Division I to play its opening game.
"It starts for real on Friday against Nicholls and we are going to have to have the same effort we had (Wednesday) and continue to improve," said Brady.
The Tigers will also after Friday's
opener be in action on Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m. at the