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LSU's Jordan Mickey
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Strong Second Half Fuels Men's Hoops Past UNO
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Published: November 19, 2013, 11:45 PM (CT)
Updated: November 20, 2013, 12:12 AM (CT)
by Matt Dunaway, Associate SID

BATON ROUGE – Andre Stringer ripped off 18 of his 19 points during the second half to lift the LSU men’s basketball team to an 81-54 victory over New Orleans Tuesday at the Maravich Center.

LSU (2-1) has won 11 of its 14 non-conference games under second-year head coach Johnny Jones and scored 80-plus points in its first three games for the first time since the 2004-05 season. 

For Stringer, he buried 7-of-12 from the floor sparked by four three-pointers after he misfired on his first six shot attempts in the opening half. The senior guard was one point shy of his third straight 20-point effort to start the season.

Jordan Mickey provided a career-high 16 points and grabbed 11 rebounds en route to his third consecutive double-double to start his career. He also recorded three blocks.

Shavon Coleman tacked on a season’s best 14 points on 6-of-7 shooting. He also added six points over his 19 minutes off the bench. Johnny O’Bryant III chipped in a solid all-around effort with nine points, 11 rebounds, three assists and two blocks. 

Tim Quarterman came away with five points, five rebounds and five assists against zero turnovers. All three marks were career-highs. Anthony Hickey added five points, four assists and two steals.  

LSU connected on 29-of-74 shooting (39.2 percent) and buried 18-of-26 (69.2 percent) at the free throw line. New Orleans (1-1) was limited to 21-of-67 (31.3 percent) from the field. The Tigers also outscored UNO by a 24-6 and 17-2 margins in points off turnovers and second-chance points, respectively.

LSU busted open a 32-28 halftime edge with 12 of the first 15 points of the second half. Stringer capped the flurry by back-to-back Stringer triples over a 21-second span to vault the Tigers ahead by a 44-31 margin at the 18:32 mark.

UNO pulled within single digits on three occasions, the latest at 52-43 with 12:13 remaining. Over the next eight minutes, the Tigers ripped off a 19-5 spurt ignited by eight Coleman points to go up 71-50 with 4:10 left. 

LSU took its largest lead at 81-52 with under 10 seconds left on a thunderous two-handed Darcy Malone dunk. He added four points, five rebounds and block over his six minutes of action.   

The Privateers were led by Cory Dixon’s 18 points, eight points and five assists.

LSU faces its third consecutive in-state opponent as Southeastern Louisiana visits the Maravich Center for a 7 p.m. tipoff. Tickets can be purchased at www.LSUtix.net. There will be live video and live audio available for Geaux Zone subscribers at www.LSUsports.net /live.

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.

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HEAD COACH JOHNNY JONES

On the decision to start Anthony Hickey in the second half …
“Well in the first half, I thought Hickey came back in and made some positive plays, which he’s done all year long. We just decided there at the half that, because of the way we started the game, we needed to make sure we got off to a great start in the second half. That went into the decision-making in bringing him in earlier than later.”

On Johnny O’Bryant III’s performance …
“I’m not sure if he was as sharp as he needed to be from start to finish. I told him that every night he’s got to be dominant. We’ve got to dominate the person that’s across from us. That’s important when you match up. It’s important that you have that type of mentality. If not, the teams that you’re playing are on a mission, and they’re trying to dominate you. We shouldn’t be playing even, especially tonight. I thought our posts were bigger, stronger and had an opportunity to take advantage of some plays, but we didn’t. I did credit Johnny and told him that I thought he did a great job of instead of forcing things, he made some good passes out of the double teams and gave our guys some open looks. Sometimes I think those guys have got to turn some of those shots down, because that’s what teams are inviting, and let’s go back inside, work the clock and give ourselves a second look. We didn’t do enough of that tonight.”

On the impact of Andre Stringer making shots and needing to be more versatile as a team …
“It changes the game when he’s making shots. We’ve got to make sure that we have the understanding that when you’re not making plays and shots, you’ve got to be able to get something else as well. You can’t be one-dimensional. You’ve got to be able to create opportunities for other people and make plays. We didn’t do enough of that tonight as a team. If you’re out there, and you miss five or six shots, well your next play you need to be creating opportunities for someone else if people are going to play you that way. I didn’t think we had enough of that type of balance tonight as a team.”

On being tough as a basketball team …
“I don’t think we’re out of sorts. We’re just not making shots. I mean, we shoot 30-something percent or whatever for the game tonight, and we had some looks. The guys that are supposed to be shot-makers are taking them, and they’re not going down. Again, we’re not taking advantage of the things that we have. Our inside game is powerful. Those guys, when they’re in the lane, we’re going to shoot 60 to 70 percent. Anytime you get outside of that paint, you’re percentage is going to drop drastically. It’s about grinding. You’ve got to be tougher than the other team. You’ve got to make sure that your offense dominates their defense, and you can’t settle. What we’re doing is settling sometimes right now, and you can’t do that.”

On Jordan Mickey’s consistency three games into the season …
“He’s the most consistent player right now for us, night in and night out, on both ends of the floor, defensively and blocking shots. When he’s not blocking shots he’s altering shots, rotating and helping get into the right defensive stance. He’s got the right posture when he’s out there playing. He’s rebounding the basketball on the offensive end. He’s making plays. It’s not necessarily things that are called for him. He’s been a guy that’s focused. Three games into the season he’s been really consistent for us, and that says a lot about a freshman.”

Guard Andre Stringer
 
On the message at halftime…
“We just weren’t playing tough enough. We let them get confidence and make big shots. We weren’t defending, and we turned the ball over. We didn’t play our style of basketball, and it hurt us. We went into the half only up by four, and we have to get better.”

On having to develop a rhythm…
“I don’t think it’s a rhythm thing. We are all coached the same and play as hard as we can. Tonight, we didn’t play as hard in the first half. They came out with a good game plan. They played hard and rebounded the basketball. We didn’t do the right things tonight.”

On the shooting problems in the first half…
“We had some struggles shooting, but we have to get the ball inside for higher percentage shots. Our big guys have to dictate play and get it back out to our guards. It’s something we didn’t do well today. We didn’t punch it in, and we had way too many turnovers. That’s not something that we can continue to do.”

On how the team came out in the second half…
“We wanted to come out aggressive, and we had to play better. We came out in the second half with a little fire, but we should have started the game with that passion and fire.”

Guard Anthony Hickey

On playing off the point…
“It was a good experience, and it’s all about knowing both sides of the court. Playing the two position (shooting guard) has helped me learn all of the positions. It’s still a great thing for our offense for me to play off the ball.”

On learning from the bench…
“I was watching how the game was going. I picked up some silly fouls because of sluggish play. I need to watch going for the steals, and that charge really hurt my first half. I know my team needs me, and I need to make better decisions.”

On the fast paced play…
“We like the up-tempo style of play, and it helped me to push the ball. We’ve seen that it wears down the defense sometimes so it helps our offense. It helps our big guys when we push the ball. They have great feet, and it will help them make big plays.”

Forward Jordan Mickey

On starting out slow…
“We just can’t do that when we get into conference play. If we play sluggish early on, we will be down by 10 points before we know it. Other teams will take advantage of that so we have to play hard every possession.”

On asserting themselves in the second half…
“It was good to know we have other guys that can step up when a guy like Johnny  (O’ Bryant) isn’t having his best game. It was great to see who else can score and who else can make plays to make a run.”

On Anthony Hickey helping the pace…
“He’s a great player and loves the fast-paced game. He is always looking to pass the ball so it makes life easier for everyone. He puts pressure on the defense which always helps.”


 

UNO Head Coach Mark Slessinger

On his overall feelings on the game…
“Well, it’s a tale of two halves not to be cliché.  We really came out of the gate played really well, stuck with our game plan and really played a solid first half.  I was so proud of our team and so proud of our team effort and how they performed as a unit.  We’ve got eight new players so a lot of this was their first action.  We had guys hurt, and this was their first time being back healthy.  To be able to have those guys back in, that was very important for us to do well and to play at a high level.  In the second half, they went off on a quick, 6-0 run. Then it took us awhile to get our legs back and recover. Then we were able to sustain for kind of a little while, but we needed to play and hold on at a high level.  They’re very, very good in the post and very good at crashing the offensive board.  Coach Jones does a great job getting those guys doing the things that they need to do.”

On the play of forward Cory Dixon…
“He was really good for us.  I’m so proud of him.  I recruited him, and he played for me early at Northwestern State many years ago it seems like now.  To see his development from last year to this year and the time and effort he put in this summer and this fall was really remarkable.  He played at a high level, and he played at an even keel.  If he could have changed four or five possessions, he would have had an even more important game.  He’s going to grow a lot from this.  This won’t be his last good game.  It’s the first of many.  We’re really proud of him and his direction.  Most importantly, he’ll graduate this spring.  He’s got four hours to go in the spring so we’re excited about that.”

On staying close with LSU until the very end of the game…
“We were really trying to come out with a high level of intensity.  They (LSU) came out and got a quick 6-0 run on us to start the second half. We never recovered.  We got kind of stuck there on the 43-mark it seemed like for an eternity.  We just stopped attacking and stopped taking good shots.  They’re so good on the boards that we needed to keep boxing them out and getting rebounding and just a couple of them didn’t go our way.  Overall, I felt like we were able to control the tempo as best we could.  Johnny (Jones) does such a good job at maximizing what he’s got and getting those guys to play within his system.  I’m very complimentary for what they did and how he coached them.”

On the LSU size advantage…
“They are really talented up front, and we knew we needed to play almost technique perfect in what we were doing.  There were some stretches where we didn’t really get out and finish our techniques.  We’ll go back and work on that tomorrow morning at practice and review.  There’s a short turnaround for us.  We’ve got another great top-25 team, top-30 team in Boise State coming in on Saturday.”

 

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