There is little time for relaxation for the LSU men’s basketball team as they must forget about Saturday’s win over Northwestern State and prepare for another in-state battle Monday night at 7 p.m. at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center as they host Southeastern Louisiana University.
This is the second of four home games over an eight day period that started with the 73-62 win over Northwestern State. LSU hosts Nicholls State on Thursday at 7 p.m. and then Rice at 1 p.m. on Saturday.
Against NSU, LSU was down six at the half and by 10 in the first five minutes of the second half before LSU went on a 21-4 run that gave them a seven-point lead that they never lost the rest of the way.
It was again Tasmin Mitchell and Storm Warren helping to carry the Tigers as Mitchell hit 6-of-12 field goals and 11-of-14 free throws to lead LSU with 24 points.
Warren excelled in all the categories he does best – total rebounds, offensive rebounds and shooting percentage – to go obviously with scoring. Warren had his fifth double double in the seven games with 21 points and 16 rebounds. It was his second straight game with 16 rebounds. The Monroe sophomore is sixth in the league in scoring (16.6 ppg), first in rebound average (11.4 rpg), first in offensive rebound average (6.3 rpg) and second in field goal percentage (64.2 percent).
The Tigers will need all of that and more as they put their 20-plus year 77-game win streak at the PMAC against Louisiana schools as the Lions come to town.
Southeastern is 6-1 on the season, coming off a Dec. 5, 77-55 win at Jackson State. SLU comes into the game averaging over 80 points a game and are led by Patrick Sullivan at 15.7 points a game. Trent Hutchin averages 13.0 points per game and Damon Forest 11.6 for Coach Jim Yarbrough who is in his fifth season as the Lion coach.
“We are looking at Southeastern Louisiana coming in here on Monday,” said LSU Coach Trent Johnson after the Northwestern State game. “We are looking at them on tape from last year. They will cause as many problems for us as anyone in terms of their transition. We are going to have to sprint back because of the way their fours and fives run.
“When you look at them, their speed and athletic ability, I don’t want to say it’s like U-Conn, but it’s similar in terms of how they like to run. The good news is that we have a game under our belt. We’ll come back at it again on Monday.”
LSU used Chris Bass as the starter on Saturday for the third straight game at point guard and Metairie freshman Eddie Ludwig got his first career start as Dennis Harris missed most of the week of practice after a reoccurring back injury. His status remains day-to-day for this week’s three games. Ludwig had five points and five rebounds in his work on Saturday.