Menís Hoops Dismantles Tennessee-Martin, 79-56
Communications Sr. Associate
BATON ROUGE - The LSU men's basketball team used balanced scoring and a strong defensive effort to bounce back in a big way en route to a spirited 79-56 victory over Tennessee-Martin Thursday at the Maravich Center.
All 11 LSU players who saw action dented the scoreboard, while the Tigers (2-1) limited UTM (2-1) to a 19-for-60 shooting clip. Conversely, LSU connected for 27-for-62 from the floor in addition to a 22-for-29 solid effort at the free throw line.
Storm Warren and Malcolm White fueled the Tigers with a pair of double-doubles as both players tallied 12 points. The duo shot 11-for-22 to ignite LSU to an impressive 42-12 edge in points in the paint.
White hauled in a game-high 15 rebounds, while Warren secured 11 boards to spark the Tigers to a healthy 52-32 margin on the glass. It was White's first college double-double, Warren's 10th in his career.
Andre Springer posted 15 points for his third straight double figure scoring performance to open his career. Aaron Dotson added 13 points to go along with a career-best six rebounds.
Ralston Turner tacked on 10 points to give the Tigers five players with double figures. The last time LSU reached that feat was during its 2008-09 SEC championship against Auburn [Feb. 21]. Off the bench, Eddie Ludwig notched five points. Chris Bass handed out five assists and scored four points.
Tied at 13-13 with 9:14 left in the opening half, LSU took control of the game and pieced together a dominant 36-8 run that spanned until the first four minutes of the second half.
Turner cranked the offense up with a three-pointer followed by a Matt Derenbecker jumper. LSU went onto finish the frame with a flurry making 13 of its final 25 attempts after missing its first seven shots of the game.
Another Turner triple coupled with Warren and White lay-ups vaulted LSU to a 36-19 halftime spread. Out of the locker room, LSU scored 13 of the first 15 points of the second stanza capped by another Warren lay-up to surge ahead 49-21 at the 16:06 mark.
The Tigers also played suffocating defense and limited UTM without a field goal for 11:12 of the spurt.
Reuben Clayton paced the Skyhawks with 19 second half points.
LSU hits the road for the first time during the 2010-11 campaign and meets No. 19 Memphis for a Sunday afternoon tilt. Tip-off is slated for 4 p.m. at the BancorpSouth Arena in Tupelo, Miss. and the game will be televised by CBS College Sports.
Sunday's game also will be broadcasted on 100.7 FM in the Baton Rouge area. LSU basketball fans can get updated information on the men's basketball team at www.Facebook.com/lsubasketball and on twitter @LSUbasketball and @LSUCoachJohnson. LSU basketball ticket information is available at www.LSUtix.net.
LSU HEAD COACH TRENT JOHNSON QUOTES
Opening Statement ...
"Well it is nice to get everybody in the game. Obviously we have a lot of energy and we did a better job on the glass. This was a different type of team and a different matchup ... obviously it was better. Like I told the kids, I think we were genuinely embarrassed about what happened against Nicholls State. The key for us is always coming out with a lot of energy and always worrying about the next possession, and if it is a bad possession to forget about it and move on to the next one. It was good to see Malcolm White and Storm Warren with a lot of energy. I like the feeling in the locker room now, so that is a good thing."
On if he can explain the difference in the rebounding the last two games ..
"I can't. These are kids, and these are good kids. Before Nicholls State we worked on all the things we work on all the time. Yes there was an effort and a concentration, but it would be different if these were bad kids or they didn't listen. It is just a mental thing. This team was a lot more athletic, they had a lot more quickness with the ball than Nicholls State, there is no question about it. I wish I could explain it and I could sit up here and tell you we didn't work on it. There is going to be some inconsistencies with young teams and young players, but these kids care."
On the team playing angry ...
"I think they all played angry. You can only accomplish so much out of playing angry. I think Malcolm (White) played like he is capable of playing. He played like we see him in practice, but I don't want to use the work angry."
On if he knew the team was going to play how they did ...
"I sensed that this whole team was going to play better because they were embarrassed how they played the other day. That was my feeling."
On Memphis ...
"Memphis is a very talented basketball team and they are very quick. Tupelo, Miss., is not a neutral site because they travel well and have great fan support, so it will be like a road game."
On if Andre Stringer played any different because he started ...
"I thought he was the same. He is picking and choosing when he needs to be aggressive, but I told him he needs to be aggressive all the time."
LSU PLAYER QUOTES
On the offensive rebounds ...
"As you guys know, the last game we weren't aggressive crashing the boards. Coach Johnson kept telling us we need to be more aggressive on the glass, so that is what we wanted to do. We executed that tonight by playing aggressive and crashing the boards, and things worked out well for u offensively."
On his big game ...
"I knew I was going to get myself loose sooner or later. I was feeling a little better out there. I was more comfortable around the basket, but basically I just came to play tonight. I told myself I was going to work as hard as I can and get every rebound."
On if the game plan was to be more aggressive ...
"Yes, no doubt. He told us we were not going to win games in our conference or playing any team without playing aggressive. I think that was one of our main goals in this game was just to crash the board and be real aggressive on the boards, and we would come out with the win. We executed the game plan."
On the balanced scoring attack ...
"That is part of what we want to do and make it complicated for anyone to guard us. Even the players coming off the bench, we want to understand that we need to play together and in control, and when your time comes you have to be able to step up at any moment to help the team."
On the fast start ...
"We just watched the film and made the adjustments we need to make. We knew we came out a little flat, we had to get under control and get out there and play our style of basketball from beginning to end."
On the offense coming to life ...
"Basically it was just kind of how the game was going. Sooner or later we started making shots, and we moved the ball around more. As you know, when you move the ball around it makes the defense move a little more and it created open shots for us to get guys open."
Tennessee-Martin Head Coach Jason James
Thoughts on the game...
"We didn't play very well. They took us out of a lot of what we were trying to do. If they rebound the ball like that and guard like that, they'll be OK this year. They were good on tape. They were very good on tape, but better in person than they were on tape. They're very big, long and Malcolm White is a man. I thought that we played a little bit timid. We were a little passive instead of being aggressive. They kind of jumped on us like sharks jump on blood."
On what Tennessee-Martin can take away from the game...
"There are not many positives. I thought we did OK defensively. They only shot 43 percent from the field, and that's not terrible. That is something that we can build on. We've been pretty good defensively in the other games, but we weren't playing LSU. I thought that we got after their shooters some, and we contended shots for the most part. If you get outrebounded by 20, it's going to be a long night."
On the play of Malcolm White or Storm Warren...
"He's (Malcolm White) a grown man. He's an adult. Malcolm got his hand on a bunch of rebounds. He got 15 of them, but he could have gotten at least 20 of them. He was very active. I'm very impressed with his body and activity. The same with Storm (Warren). Those guys are always around the ball. When you get bigs that are always around the ball, they're going to be successful."