It took almost a month for John
Brady's Tigers to earn a victory. Their last win came on January 16 against Ole Miss in the
Every season is different, but not many would have predicted LSU to struggle in conference play the way they did in the past month. The six game losing streak finally came to an end for Tiger fans, and now the nightmare is over.
"I feel great for our team," Brady said. "I'm to the point where I don't get all caught up. I don't sleep and I have a stress in my voice. I'm happy for my players to get the win. That was just one. We need four or five. It's a good win, but there are more opportunities out there for us."
Saturday's contest resembled almost every game they played in the past month. LSU played well, and then they did not. They even led by 10 points, and then they did not. But the difference for the Tigers was they found a way to win with the game on the line.
"It wears on you,"
Brady's talented squad has been
able to compete in conference play throughout the season, they just could not
finish. A last second three-pointer at
The difference for LSU last year during their conference championship run was their ability to finish close games. This season they have been hard to come bye.
"Coach always tells us to stand tall and stay poised," Mitchell said. "We all looked at each other and said we are alright. We'll stay poised."
With the game tied 63-63 and two
minutes remaining on the clock, Glenn "Big Baby"
"We wanted to win,"
"Win. That's all we thought about. That's all we wanted."
A Garrett Temple break-away dunk
and a Terry Martin layup sealed the victory for LSU and may have saved their
season. Unless the Tigers grab more victory's like Saturday's against
Brady said during post-game
interviews that his team looked like his team of old. Not too many people would
disagree with him.
"I noticed something in the game got him excited. He looked like his old self," Brady said. "Something in the course of the second half got him on a little bit. I don't know what it was. But I noticed his enthusiasm was good."
Tasmin Mitchell followed with 16 points and three blocks, while Martin supplied pressure from the perimeter with a trey of three-pointers for 13 points.
LSU (14-10, 3-7 SEC), still stands at the bottom of the SEC western division, but amazingly not far behind division leading Alabama at 5-5 in conference play. The Crimson Tide hold the tie-breaker over LSU with a season sweep, which means the Tigers would need a lot of help to win the division.
The Tigers would also have to turn
their season around and go from a six-game losing streak to a possibly a
seven-game win streak with trips to
"We just wanted to get a win," Lazare said. "We lost six in a row and just wanted to get the enthusiasm back up. When ever I had the opportunity to make plays, I just wanted to help the team. We just want to approach it one game at a time and stay focused."