Dupree led LSU (3-1) with 18 points and 8 rebounds, taking advantage of a Delaware State team that could not match up athletically with the Tigers. When the Hornets would collapse and try to deny Dupree inside access, it freed up the perimeter for Collis Temple, who scored 17 points on 5-for-7 shooting.
Brady moved Dupree to a low post role after using him at small forward over the first three games of the season. The coach also told his player not to force the issue so much with outside shooting and to take more shots close to the goal where he had been so productive in the past.
"I'm proud of the way Ronald Dupree approached the game," said Brady. "He got in a comfort zone of play, and he just looked relaxed out there. I think that he felt comfortable where he was."
Antonio Hudson followed Dupree's lead, either driving the lane or shooting from the outside based on what the Delaware State defense offered him. Hudson matched Temple's 5-for-7 night and totaled 12 points.
"Everybody played their roles and we had success tonight," said Temple.
Brady eventually played every player who dressed out for the game except for Johnson, who led the Tigers with 10 points, 13 rebounds and 6 blocked shots in the season opener against Nicholls State.
Johnson, a product of Green Oak-Shreveport, had to wait a year to play for LSU after failing to meet requirements to graduate from two-year Lee College in Baytown, Texas. He was able to practice with the Tigers last season but could not play since the Southeastern Conference does not allow mid-term transfers.
Brady held Johnson out of the Tigers' first exhibition game this season because Johnson chose not to abide by a team rule regarding his hairstyle. Johnson was at practice the next day without his cornrows. He played in the final exhibition game and was averaging 16.6 minutes, 5.3 points and 7.0 rebounds in LSU's first three games.
Johnson evidently let Brady know he was not pleased with staying on the bench in the first half and was not out on the court in the second half.
"Shawnson's not sure he wants to play," said Brady when asked about Johnson's whereabouts. "He got his feelings hurt because Coach didn't play him in the first half.
"I don't understand that. He evidently has a problem with my decision to do what's best for the team. I can tell you who's going to win that one."
Despite Johnson's absence, LSU enjoyed a big size advantage over Delaware State, who didn't field a player over 6-foot-6. But it was LSU's overall athleticism that allowed them to hold a substantial lead through most of the game.
A pair of three-pointers put the Hornets ahead 6-0 in the first three minutes of the game, but grabbed a 12-10 lead on a Bright lay-up with 9:58 on the clock.
Bright, who struggled at 1-for-6 from the floor and missed all five of his 3-point attempts, provided 7 assists in 26 minutes of action.
"I think that he played well in the first half a little bit," said Brady, "but I thought that Charlie settled us down a little bit and really got us playing. Torris did OK – he just didn't shoot the ball well."
Thompson recorded 2 assists and 1 steal but did not attempt a field goal against Delaware State.
The Hornets employed their standard deliberate offense against LSU, holding and passing the ball for a single shot just before the shot clock could expire. Andre Matthews led DSU with 20 points on 7-for-13 shooting and was tops in rebounds with 6. Tyson Lesesne finished with 10 points off the bench for the visitors.
"I thought we played pretty well, especially in the second half," said Delaware State coach Greg Jackson. "Obviously we were out-manned and out-talented, but I thought we did a