Warren Leads Men's Basketball Past North Texas
DENTON, Texas -- Storm Warren scored a season-high 15 points and had consecutive jumpers that punctuated the go-ahead run for LSU in its sixth consecutive victory, 67-58 at North Texas on Thursday night.
Three days after a win at home over 10th-ranked Marquette, the Tigers (9-3) went on the road and avenged last season's 20-point home loss against a Mean Green squad coached by former LSU player and assistant coach Johnny Jones.
Warren hit a jumper from just beyond and left of the free throw line to cap a 10-0 run by the Tigers that put them up 47-38 with about 12 minutes left. The previous LSU basket came when Warren made a shot from nearly the same spot.
Those baskets came after a stretch when Chris Jones, one of three freshman starters for the Mean Green (6-6), had three consecutive turnovers. One was a steal by Anthony Hickey that led to a breakaway slam by Ralston Turner.
Jones had 15 points to lead the Mean Green, who had won four in a row. Tony Mitchell, another freshman, added 11 points and five rebounds.
The win, just the second leading into the Christmas break in the last eight years, was certainly a coming out for the post players on the LSU team as all four scored in double figures - After Warren's 15, Justin Hamilton added 14, Malcolm White an impressive 12 in nine minutes on 5-of-6 shooting and Johnny O'Bryant III had his first college double double with 11 points and 10 rebounds (5 offensive).
The four combined for 52 of LSU's 67 points and 25 of LSU's 42 rebounds. LSU out rebounded the Mean Green, 42-29 and 16-5 on the offensive glass. LSU had a 24-13 advantage in the second half and 10-1 offensively. LSU shot 43.9 percent (29-66) and 8-of-12 at the line, while North Texas was 18-of-44 for the game from the field (40.9%) and 20-of-26 at the line.
The win marks the third road win in non-conference play, the first time that has happened since the 1985-86 season and it is believed to be the first time LSU has held six straight opponents under 60 points since the 1952-53 team held seven straight opponents under 60.
More importantly, the win validated LSU's win over nationally-ranked Marquette from this past Monday and now gives the Tigers a few days rest to heel a few minor injuries such as ankle sprains by Hamilton and Warren.
And, LSU received more good news on Thursday that Coach Trent Johnson announced on his pregame radio show that guard Andre Stringer, out since fainting in a practice prior to the Dec. 10 Boise game, has been tested and cleared to return to practice. His status for the next LSU game on Dec. 29 at home against Grambling remains unclear.
LSU has two non-conference games remaining against Grambling (Dec. 29) and Virginia (Jan. 2). Both of those games will have a 6 p.m. start time.