Tuesday night's performance might have been even better.
"I thought the rebounding and the defensive presence in the game was excellent for our team," said LSU coach John Brady. "Some people have picked A&M to win the Big 12 and they are No. 6 in the country. Our team showed a lot of toughness to get the victory tonight. I thought it would be a game of toughness and I think our team grew up tonight and showed the competitiveness that I really like to see in our guys".
Texas A&M coach Billy Gillespie
"He's long," Gillespie said. "He's a good defender. He was just quicker. Acie didn't do a very good job of setting him up. We didn't do a very good job of helping him. He's not only a good defender, he's a good player. He's a very smart player. In my opinion, he's the key to a very, very good team. I'm not saying he's the best player on their team, but he's a key to a very good team. He does things like you are supposed to do them."
Glen Davis scored 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds and Tasmin Mitchell poured on 15 more as the Tigers came out on top in a rematch of last season's second round NCAA Tournament matchup with the Aggies. In that game, Darrel Mitchell hit a three-pointer at the buzzer sending LSU to the Sweet 16.
"We didn't have an answer," Gillespie said. "He's a good player. Who cares about points? You can dominate a game without scoring a lot points. When you are a real player, you demand a double team. You demand people to make adjustments how you play. It has nothing to do with your scores."
LSU trailed most of the first half, but took advantage of a Mitchell three-pointer and a handful of free throws down the stretch to carry a 31-28 lead into the halftime break.
In the second half, though, Davis heated up from the perimeter hitting four early jump shots to push LSU's lead to as many as 10 points in the early portion of the second half.
"I never thought about it,"
A pair of Dameon Mason free throws pushed LSU's lead to 14 points, 58-44, at the 5:28 mark of the second half. It would be the Tigers' largest lead of the game.
But Texas A&M didn't go quietly.
Coach Billy Gillespie went to the
full court press and forced a couple of LSU turnovers. A Josh Carter layup with
3:10 left to play pulled the Aggies to within six points – 58-52 – but
"I thought the rebounding and the defensive presence in the game was excellent for our team," Brady said. "Some people have picked A&M to win the Big 12 and they are No. 6 in the country. Our team showed a lot of toughness to get the victory tonight. I thought it would be a game of toughness and I think our team grew up tonight and showed the competitiveness that I really like to see in our guys".
No Aggie was more frustrated than Law. Texas A&M's leading scorer was held to 1 of 11 shooting from the floor, including a horrendous 0 of 5 clip from the three-point arch.
"He wasn't aggressive enough," Gillespie said. "He's got to be more aggressive, but that isn't the first time that we have seen that this year. He has to change. He's got to play better than that. He's a much better player than that. You can't determine if a guy plays well by looking at his shot line. You have to do much more as a senior leader. He looked like he was more scared than anybody on the court."