Second half run propels LSU past Green Wave 74-62

NEW ORLEANS – Ronald Dupree scored 22 points and grabbed seven rebounds as No. 24 LSU downed the Tulane Green Wave 74-62 in the Nokia Sugar Bowl Basketball Classic in the New Orleans Arena Saturday.

The Tigers (8-1) turned a hotly-contested game into a comfortable victory going on to the 12-point win after leading by just two points, 34-32, at the half.

"We had some good individual plays from certain players today," LSU head coach John Brady said. "We didn't play as well as we did against Arizona, but we played pretty good – well enough to win."

Torris Bright put forth another outstanding game scoring 17 points, 15 in the first half, along with five rebounds in addition to six assists.

"It was a good days work for Torris," Brady said. "I am very pleased with his overall play."

While veterans like Dupree and Bright playing well, true freshman Darrel Mitchell continues to enjoy a great deal of success in just his ninth collegiate game. The St. Martinville native hit 4-of-7 shots from beyond the three-point arch scoring 12 points in all along with four steals and an impressive blocked shot on a break-away slam dunk attempt by the Green Wave.

"Darrel Mitchell is one of those guys who will surprise you," Brady said. "I never knew this guy was this animated. I have no problem with what he is doing out there. He needs to keep on doing it. As long as he is making positive plays for our team I don't have problem with it."

LSU did not play its best defensive game against the Wave (5-6). It was evident as Tulane's Waitari Marsh scorched the nets for a game-high 27 points and eight rebounds on 11-of-24 shooting.

"Marsh was going off," Dupree said. "We had (Brandon) Brown our of the game. Marsh was a large part of why they were in the game. When you shut one player down, another has to step it up."

Marsh was one of only three Green Wave players to score in double figures. Despite being heavily defended, Brown put 14 points while Nick Sinville added 11.

Tulane's bench provided no points in the game as the original five starters for Tulane contributed all 62 points.

The rebounding edge was even with each team pulling down 32 boards. Jaime Lloreda scored just six points in the game but led all players with 10 rebounds in the game. LSU led by as many as nine points in the first half and did not gain a double-digit advantage until Collis Temple III's running jumper with 5:19 to go in the game for a 66-55 lead.

The Tigers return to action when they host the University of New Orleans Monday, January 30 at 7:15 in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

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