CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Anthony Hickey scored 20 points to lead LSU to a 59-50 victory over Georgia Tech and fifth place at the Charleston Classic on Sunday.
The Tigers (3-2) fell into the loser's bracket with a first-round loss to Northwestern at TD Arena. But they rebounded to win the last two games over Western Kentucky and the Yellow Jackets.
Georgia Tech (3-2) got as close as 50-49 on Mfon Udofia's 3-pointer with 3:15 remaining. But Justin Hamilton made two foul shots and a basket to restore LSU's margin.
Udofia led the Yellow Jackets with 14 points.
"That was a game where when you have a young team and lose a game like we did (Thursday) we could have put our head down and moped, but we didn't do that. We played hard and came out very aggressive against Western Kentucky and then I think we beat a very good team (Sunday) that is very talented. (Georgia Tech) is going to be a good basketball team. We had great shots from the 10 minute mark in the second half on but they didn't go down for us. In the past, we would have forgotten about defending on the other end. It was a good win for us."
"He's a good player. His progression and improvement in the five games has been good. He's got some quickness. He's not afraid. He's a very confident individual. We've got about 10 guys that are solid. It was nice at crucial times to see Andre (Stringer) step up and make plays. Ralston hit a big three for us. Again, we have a solid base, we just have to step up and rebound, defend and take care of it.
"I leave this tournament telling these guys the same thing I said on the first day of practice. I think we've got some guys out here that can score and for us to be good we've got to defend and today was a great example of us defending and today was a great example of the ball not going down for us but we defended and was able to win the game."
What did team learn in the three tournament games?
"Definitely it was playing together. Staying together. When stuff goes bad, we sometimes drop our heads, Coach Johnson told us work together. He talked about playing together. That's one thing we have to keep on doing. "
Today's game different from the other two -
"We just had to keep our edge. We just had to keep running what we do best. We had to work hard on defense. The offense will come we just had to work hard on defense every possession."
Second half shots not falling (until the back-to-back-to-back treys)-
"Big players have to make big shots and we've got the guys that bring it every day. When one man struggles, we have to all step up and be ready to make the shot when the time comes."
"It's all good when you are winning. We are going to play together and stay humble, learn from this week and move on."
"We knew from the start this was a very talented, very solid team and so we knew it was going to be a battle on every possession and we tried very hard to win every possession. We had a lot of defensive stop and we played together very well."
"It was a good physical game, but we play every day in practice like that. We're used to it."
Learned from the tournament
"We learned that if we put two halves together we can beat anybody. It was really big for the young guys to get an experience like this and understanding the kinds of fouls and the different ways the game can be called. It was a good learning experience."
Back-to-back-to-back threes in the second half that swung game
"(Ga Tech) look the lead for a minute and Coach Johnson told us not to get rattled. We continued to run the things we had been running all game and we hit a couple of shots, got some post touches and went inside out and the shots fell and we were able to take the lead."
Learned from the three games
"We learned that we definitely are a good team. We are a team that can be reckoned with. But leaving out of here we can't be satisfied with these last two wins. Georgia Tech is a great team, but we can't be satisfied. We have a long way to go but we can see what type of team we can be."