FACT & FACTORS: LSU vs. Texas A&M

No. 9 LSU registered a pivotalvictory Tuesday night versus the 6th-ranked and previously undefeated Texas A&M Aggies. Here's the high points of LSU's win.

QUOTE OF THE GAME:

 

"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."

- LSU coach John Brady

 

 

IT WAS OVER WHEN:

 

The game was too close to call throughout the first half as no team led by more than four points. But late in the second half, LSU opened up 15-point lead – 56-41 –  when Tack Minor banged in a layup at the 5:52 mark.

That's when Texas A&M made its run.

The Aggies went on an 11-2 run and closed the gap to a mere six points – 58-52 – with 3:10 left in the ball game.

LSU went with a big lineup as Magnum Rolle checked in for Tack Minor and the Tigers set up in their halfcourt offense. With time running down on the shot clock, an inlet pass to Davis looked as if it would be swiped away by the Aggies. But Davis wrestled the ball away and converted a layup pushing the lead by to eight points, which all but iced the game away for LSU.

 

 

BY THE NUMBERS:

 

12 – Turnovers committed by LSU in the first half. The Tigers ended the game with 15 turnovers in all as John Brady's team gave it away only three times in the second half.

 

25 – Trips to the free throw line for the Tigers. LSU converted 20 of those 25 attempts from the charity stripe. The Tigers went to the line 10 more times than the Aggies, who were 12 of 15 from the line.

 

35 – Rebounds by LSU, including 10 from Glen "Big Baby" Davis. Tasmin Mitchell also pitched in nine boards. The Aggies came into the game as one of the nation's top rebounding teams. The Tigers out-boarded A&M 35-24.

 

40 – Minutes played by both Tasmin Mitchell and Garrett Temple. Mitchell was the Tigers second highest scorer with 15 points. Temple scored 11 points, including a pair of early three-pointers.

 

 

FREE THROWS:

 

1 And 1 – STUDENTS SHOW SUPPORT -  The LSU students turned out in droves Tuesday night to support the Tigers in LSU's top 10 clash versus Texas A&M. The student section was packed to rafters well before tipoff and remained loud through the duration of the contest. LSU coach John Brady complimented the students for supporting the team. "We had 2,300 students tonight and they only get 2,500 tickets," Brady said. "That is fantastic and that is what we need. They need to come out and support our team through the thick and thin. It was a good one tonight. I visited 10 sororities and fraternities before the season and I told each one of them that ‘I don't know of a successful college basketball program in the country that doesn't have a supportive student body.'"

 

2 Shots – OUT OF POSITION – With Darnell Lazare out nursing a sprained ankle, the Tigers were thin in the low post versus the Aggies. When Glen Davis picked up his second foul 9:30 to go in the first half, LSU coach John Brady had to do some maneuvering. Brady called on 6-7sophomore Tasmin Mitchell to move to the low post and guard Texas A&M's 6-9 forwards Joseph Jones and Antanas Kavaliauskas. Mitchell said it was never a concern. "That is what I am used to playing (down low)," Mitchell said. "I made the transition when I got here to the three from the four. I was guarding bigger people when I was in high school. I actually had to guard (North Carolina forward) Tyler Hansbrough. It was a tough task (tonight versus Texas A&M), but whatever it takes for my team to win." Mitchell said he matched up with Hansbrough when he was a senior at Denham Springs High School. Hansbrough, a 6-9, 245-pound forward for the Tar Heels, and his Poplar Bluff (Mo.) High School team faced off with Mitchell's Yellow Jackets in a tournament in Arkansas back in 2005. "They beat us at the buzzer," Mitchell said.

 

3. In the Bonus – GETTING TECHINAL – There were a couple of technical fouls issued in Tuesday game, the first coming against Josh Carter when he dropped the hammer on Glen Davis. Davis broke free for an uncontested dunk when Carter chopped him down from behind, drawing an intentional foul. Several minutes later, Tasmin Mitchell drove into the lane and was knocked to the ground following the shot. No foul was called. LSU coach John Brady went berserk on the bench and referee Mike Kitts tagged the LSU coach with a technical foul. The reprimand only incensed Brady further and referee Rick Crawford and assistant coach Butch Pierre kept Brady from further action from Kitts. Brady's emotion lit a fire under his team as they rallied back to take a halftime lead.


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