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LSU's Andre Stringer
Photo by:Steve Franz, LSU Athletics Staff Photographer
Men's Basketball Dominates Xavier, 80-45
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Published: November 06, 2013, 09:08 PM (CT)
Updated: November 07, 2013, 05:42 AM (CT)
by Matt Dunaway, Associate SID

BATON ROUGE – Andre Stringer poured in a game-high 22 points on 7-of-12 shooting sparked by six three-pointers to lead the LSU men’s basketball team to an 80-45 exhibition victory over Xavier of New Orleans Wednesday at the Maravich Center.

Stringer was one of four players to collect double figures for the Tigers. LSU’s freshmen post duo of Jordan Mickey and Jarell Martin turned in solid performances. Mickey filled the box score with 12 points on 6-of-10 from the floor to go along with eight blocks and six rebounds. Jarell Martin registered 11 points, while Malik Morgan chipped in 10 points, five rebounds and four assists.

Johnny O’Bryant III came away with nine points and made all three of his field goal attempts. He also hauled in a team-best 11 rebounds over his 18 minutes of action. John Odo joined O’Bryant III with 11 rebounds, 10 of which came during the second half.

Anthony Hickey and Tim Quarterman shared the point guard duties. Quarterman distributed six of the tandem’s nine assists against one turnover. Hickey also added seven points and five steals.

As a team, LSU buried 29-of-62 which included a scorching 13-for-27 mark from three-point territory. The Tigers dished out 24 assists on their 29 baskets. LSU’s defense also superb and limited Xavier to a 17-for-68 shooting effort. The Gold Rush missed 15 of their 16 three-point attempts.

LSU found its rhythm after the first media timeout of the opening half. The Tigers scored 38 of 43 points highlighted by 20-1 and 13-0 runs over the last 15:58 of the stanza to take a 42-11 advantage into the locker room. Xavier was held without a field goal from the 16:16 to the 3:43 mark. 

O’Bryant III opened the run with a tradition three-point play followed by 11 straight Stringer points aided by a trio of three-balls. The spurt was capped by a Martin three-pointer two Mickey dunks, a Martin slam and a Morgan triple over the final 2:28. 

LSU kept the pressure on Xavier with the first seven points of the second half and took its largest lead of the game at 66-25 on a Martin dunk with 9:51 remaining. The Tigers closed out the 80-45 victory on a pair of Henry Shortess three-pointers.

LSU begins its 2013-14 season Tuesday at Massachusetts as part of ESPN’s Tip-off Marathon. Tip time is slated for 10 a.m. CT from the Mullins Center, and the game will be televised by ESPN2. An online version of the telecast will be available at www.WatchESPN.com and the Watch ESPN app.

The LSU Sports Radio Network also will broadcast the game on Eagle 98.1 FM in the Baton Rouge area and inside the Geaux Zone at LSUsports.net/live. Jim Hawthorne, Ricky Blanton and Kevin Ford will call the action.

LSU opens the home portion of its schedule versus Northwestern State on Saturday, November 16 with a 7 p.m. tipoff from the Maravich Center. Tickets are available at www.LSUtix.net.

For all of the latest news and information on Tiger basketball, visit www.lsusports.net/basketball. Fans can also follow the program on its social media outlets at www.Facebook.com/lsubasketball along with @lsubasketball and @lsucoachjones on Twitter.

HEAD COACH JOHNNY JONES

Opening Statement…
“I thought we got off to a good start tonight. Something we were looking forward to, especially with the lights on. We wanted to see the guys get the jitters out early, I felt they settled in; I felt they were really good on the defensive end of the floor. Our guys were covering up for each other, [we had] good help defenders as well. I thought on the other end of the floor, offensively, we really shared the ball in the first half. We got good looks at the basket. The guys were looking strong executing and were extremely unselfish on the offensive end of the floor. One of the areas of concern I felt like we’ve addressed with recruitment – we gave up too many offensive rebounds there in the first half – 12 offensive rebounds. In the second half, we didn’t improve much. I thought we did make some adjustments on the offensive glass – I think we had over 20-something offensively. It’s something we certainly have to continue to address in practice. But as disappointed as I was on the defensive end giving up those rebounds, I was pleased because of the assists. We had over 20-something assists – 24 assists there for the game. I thought our guys were extremely unselfish getting the start as freshmen, they did a great job coming out [and] playing. [They] were not phased at all because of the game, the crowd or anything of that nature and they executed well on the defensive end of the floor.”

On the starters playing extensive minutes early on…
“It’s one of those things we wanted to make sure with Shavon being out tonight – not being able to play – what we wanted to look at was a rotation. And I thought that first group getting in there and I wanted to make sure they had an opportunity to settle in to the game prior to us starting to sub. One thing we didn’t want to do is getting the game started [and] quick-sub guys that haven’t settled in yet. Once we got settled in, I thought we were able to start playing and we went on a 14-0 run right there early. And then we were able to settle in and get the substitutions in there late.”

On Hickey and Quartermen complimenting each other at point guard…
“I think both of those guys were excellent tonight. I thought (Anthony) Hickey came in and gave us that energy that he’s capable of giving whether he’s starting the game or coming off of the bench. I thought Tim (Quarterman) did an excellent job with handling the ball, creating opportunities for his teammates on the floor and did an excellent job of shadowing their guards and not giving them easy looks at the basket. And I think that’s what he’s capable of doing as a defender and Hickey came in and did an excellent job of creating turnovers, getting steals like he has in the past and actually getting up the floor and making some things happen as well. So, I think they really complement each other well out there on the floor and that’s a really good combination to have out there.”

On Andre Stringer taking pressure off of the three freshman starters...
“I think Andre really picked up where he left off last year. I thought he finished the season strong. I thought he had an excellent year. If I remember right, I think he was second in the league last year in terms of three-point field-goal percentage, shooting around .418 from the field. His teammates are really confident in him and he’s proven a great deal of confidence as well in what he’s been able to do tonight was he was able to take his practice to the game and played well tonight and didn’t force anything. I think because of the ability of his other teammates and the attention that they require for defensive assignments, he going to get some looks and was able to deliver for his team. And he actually hit a couple of them on fast-break plays tonight when they took away our rim runners.”

On Jordan Mickey’s defensive prowess tonight…
“The new rules actually invite being challenged at the rim and force you more so to have to defend the rim instead of standing back and trying to take charges. And I think that’s very beneficial for a player like Jordan Mickey. He’s long, he’s active, he can cover the floor, he can get to areas outside, rebound balls out of his area and he’s very good in terms of anticipating shot releases. And he can either block his man’s shot because he’s quick off the floor or he can become a help defender and block. And I think he wound up finishing with maybe eight for us tonight in the time that he played, but he really impacted the game there and had those guys looking for him there late.”

LSU PLAYER QUOTES

F Jordan Mickey

On first game action…
“It felt great to be out there playing against somebody other than my own teammates. I feel that we did a good job during the game. We have some issues to improve on on the court.”

G Tim Quarterman

On first game action…
“It was a great experience, just getting out there for the first game. It was a great first college experience. I am looking forward to the next game and just getting prepared.”

On learning about his start tonight…
“I found out before the game. Coach told me I was starting tonight. Anthony Hickey just told me to keep my composure and play ball how I know how to play. He told me just to use defense to get me going. I think I did alright.”

F Jarell Martin

On first game action…
“It was good being out there and getting to a new level of intensity not playing against our teammates. I feel like we are prepared for the season now.”

On teammate Jordan Mickey’s ability to block shots…
“It is pretty big with the new rules. It really tests guys and makes them play more physical. We have to get on our feet. It helps to have a teammate like Jordan Mickey that can go and get the ball and block the shot.”

G Andre Stringer

On having three freshmen on the court…
“These guys, they are freshman. They do not play like they are freshman. Their IQ is very high and they know how to shoot a ball. They find me when I am open or they find one of our other teammates when they are open. I get on them about different things, but I do not have too much. They know how to play.”

On what to learn from tonight’s game…
“We struggled on offensive boards. We did not win the battle. Obviously that is an area that we can clean up. We had too many turnovers. Against any team that is detrimental, especially in the league we are playing in. We cannot keep playing like that, no matter the competition. We have to cut down turnovers and go get the rebound.”

 

XAVIER HEAD COACH DANNTON JACKSON QUOTES

On competing against LSU …
“LSU is just long. Their length caused us a lot of problems, and their athleticism caused us a lot of problems. They got a chance to go out there and transition, and they did a great job on the board. They just limited us to what we could do inside until late in the second half. It’s a very talented LSU team that was very long.”

On scoring the first two baskets of the game …
“I think (scoring the first two baskets of the game propelled the team), but then we went into a lull where we just couldn’t get the ball in the basket. It’s probably because of (LSU’s) length. We took shots that we would usually shoot against competitive teams at our level. But (LSU was) on a run, and they have a lot in transition. I think that’s what separated them, especially for the first run that we made early. It was 4-0, which is a small run, but they got a chance to go out there and transition. When they do that, with their length, then they get out there and shoot the basketball. It made it very difficult for us.”

On the season …
“Right now, we’ve already played a regular season game and we’re 1-0. We have eight new players on our basketball team, so from last year’s team that had six seniors, we now have eight new players. So, we’re still trying to gel, and we’re still trying to get to know ourselves where we’re manufacturing our points. As we go forward, we just need to be a little more deliberate. I think we’ll be fine in terms of our season and in terms of our conference, but it’s just us getting a little better as we go forward.”

On playing at LSU …
“This was a great game for us at our flagship school in the state. Great atmosphere, great fan base and we enjoyed every minute of it.”

 

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