LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Anthony Hickey buried a deep three-pointer with 4.4 seconds remaining to force overtime, and the LSU basketball team emerged with a 70-68 victory over Butler Sunday during the third place game of Old Spice Classic.
For Hickey, the triple from just right of the top of the key was his lone basket of the game. He got the look at the game-tying shot off a feed from Andre Stringer out of a double team. It was one of Stringer’s game-leading five assists.
All square at 65-65 in overtime, Stringer gave the Tigers the lead for good on a mid-range jumper with the shot clock expiring at the 2:40 mark.
On LSU’s next possession, Johnny O’Bryant III hit a key turnaround jumper and then hit the front end of a 1-and-1 with 10 seconds left to give LSU a 70-66 edge.
Butler (5-2) hit two free throws with 4.3 seconds to go, but Hickey broke away from a steal attempt in the closing seconds. He passed the ball ahead to O’Bryant III in the frontcourt, who dribbled out the remaining time off the clock.
The Tigers (5-2) erased a six-point deficit over the final four minutes of regulation and have won four of their last six overtime decisions going back to the 2011-12 season.
O’Bryant III was one of five LSU players to amass double figures. He worked his way to a team-leading 17 points on 8-of-14 shooting. He also provided eight rebounds, three assists and two steals. The eight rebounds enabled O’Bryant III to surpass John Williams (1984-86) for 35th place on LSU’s all-time list.
Shavon Coleman and Malik Morgan picked up 12 points apiece to give LSU a 24-0 scoring edge in bench points. For Morgan, the 12 points matched a career-high. He also turned in seven rebounds, three steals and two assists. Coleman has reached double figures in three of his last five outings.
Jarell Martin and Jordan Mickey chipped in 12 points each and hauled in a combined 13 rebounds. The duo tallied 18 of its 24 points during the second half and overtime on a combined 10-for-22 shooting effort. They played a major role in LSU scoring 38 of the game’s 50 points in the paint.
Four of Butler’s five starters recorded double figures headed by Kellen Dunham’s game-high 20 points. The sophomore guard had to take 21 shots to reach his point total. Khyle Marshall tacked on 17 points and nine rebounds, while Kameron Woods came away with 12 points and 11 rebounds.
LSU was 29-of-64 from the field (45.3 percent) which included a 5-for-14 three-point effort (35.7 percent). The Tigers were 7-of-12 (58.3 percent) at the foul line.
Nine of Butler’s 22 field goals came from three-point territory. The Bulldogs were 22-of-65 shooting (33.8 percent) and 15-of-20 (80.0 percent) from the free throw line. Butler also held a 48-36 rebounding advantage highlighted by 18 offensive boards.
Marshall ripped off six early points to give Butler a 14-6 lead at the 12:03 mark of the first half.
LSU fired back with 16 of the next 20 points and held the Bulldogs to a pair of field goals over the next 8:15. Morgan ignited the spurt with consecutive three-pointers and gave the Tigers a 22-18 advantage on a driving layup with 3:48 remaining.
Butler came back to take a 27-26 halftime edge capped by back-to-back Dunham triples over the stanza’s final 70 seconds.
The Bulldogs kept the momentum and took a 36-30 lead with 16:35 left as Dunham and Marshall combined for six of Butler’s first nine points of the second half.
LSU turned to Coleman who ripped off seven points in a 74-second span. A Mickey hook shot and Martin dunk off a steal put the Tigers back ahead 41-38 with 13:45 to go.
With the score tied at 44-44, Dunham added six more points to lead a 9-2 Butler spurt and give the Bulldogs a 53-46 advantage at the 6:31 mark.
Down 56-50, LSU rallied with a Morgan putback, a Martin dunk and an O’Bryant jumper in traffic to knot the score at 56-56 with 2:31 remaining.
Butler’s Alex Barlow hit a three-ball with 1:22 on the clock to put the Bulldogs back ahead 59-56. The Bulldogs maintained its three-point edge at 61-58 after Erik Fromm hit two free throws with 12.5 seconds on the clock.
Hickey provided the equalizer out of LSU’s final timeout, and Barlow’s three-pointer at the buzzer rimmed in-and-out to send the game to overtime.
LSU returns to action after a 13-day final exam break on Saturday, Dec. 14 as Louisiana-Monroe visits the Maravich Center. Tip time is slated for 7 p.m., and the game will carried by Cox Sports Television.
The LSU Sports Radio Network will broadcast the game on Eagle 98.1 FM in the Baton Rouge and inside the Geaux Zone at LSUsports.net/live. Jim Hawthorne, Ricky Blanton and Kevin Ford will call the action.
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POSTGAME QUOTES – Sunday, December 1, 2013
GAME 10: BUTLER vs. LSU
LSU HEAD COACH JOHNNY JONES
On overall performance…
"We knew coming in that it was going to be a hard-fought battle. Butler is a tremendous program. We had the opportunity to watch them and knew they were a tough basketball team. I think our guys did a great job playing through it all and finishing the game strong even though we were behind. We made the necessary plays to send the game into overtime. I’m really excited about the way these guys played and I thought they were able to grow up even just from two days ago.
On bench play…
"Those guys did an exceptional job. We had 24 bench points. They were a big difference, both offensively and defensively as well.
On last 10 seconds….
"They (Butler) did a great job of defending. We were fortunate that our guard didn’t force a shot because he is a high percentage 3-pointer shooter. He kicked it out to Anthony and he trusted his teammate. It was more about the execution (of our offense) than a lack of play (from Butler). They (Butler) are a very smart, very well disciplined basketball team.
On third place finish in the Old Spice Classic…
"(The win) will something we can look back at the end of the year when we get to the SEC Tournament and something we can talk about the tough scheduling, the quick turnaround and the caliber of competition. It was a great learning experience. Finishing 2-1 against the caliber of competition will help us gain confidence as a basketball team.
LSU F JOHNNY O’BRYANT III
On Hickey making 3-point shot to send game into OT…
"Anthony is a very clutch guy and all he had to do was stay with it (shooting the ball). We needed than one (shot) and he came up big for us.
LSU G ANTHONY HICKEY
On last second 3-point shot to send game into OT…
"Coach drew it up. It was meant for Andre to shoot the three, but he penetrated really well and threw it out. The ball came out to me. I’m confident in my team and they are confident in me. I’m just happy to make a big play.
On taking the 3-point shot…
"I just wanted to execute and run the offense. I don’t look at the numbers. I just do what it takes to win.
BUTLER HEAD COACH BRANDON MILLER
On overall performance…
"First thought is that that wasa very good college basketball game played by two really good teams. The game went back and forth from the very beginning all the way to the end of the game. I look at our team and our guys gave every ounce of energy and effort that they had. I thought it was a very gutsy performance by our guys. I was proud of the basketball team. However, there are things that we could have done differently. We could play smarter and in a game like that, those things are highlighted. Give a lot of credit to LSU and the way they executed down the stretch and the plays that they made. They played well and at the end of the day, they beat us.
On not fouling with 10.2 seconds left of regulation…
"We talked about it and we have a time in which we would foul. We came to the conclusion that we were not going to foul. We were going to play our defense. If you foul too early in the game, then they can foul you and then you are into a free-throw war. We decided not to foul with 10.2 seconds left.
On bench play…
"I thought our guys who came off the bench for us played well. Our bench was shortened a bit tonight. Their bench guys came out and played a good game. Our guys maybe weren’t as productive, but they executed our game plan. Our guys played smart.
On Kellen Dunham…
"I think I’ve always known that Kellen is gritty. He is a tough competitor. His play over the last three games and against the level of competition (shows his toughness). The ability to play three games in four days was a gritty effort on his part. It showed his ability to play in big games and produce and pay well. He has made a terrific jump from his freshman to his sophomore year.
On the two close games…
"Our ability to win close games early on in the season shows that we have guys down the stretch who can make the plays. The last two (close games) didn’t fall our way. There are a lot of things that can happen at the end of the game. Sometimes the other team executes and makes shots. There are some things that we can control that didn’t go our way, but there are some things that we can’t control. We weren’t able to win the last two games. As we move forward, these close games will help us. They are helpful if you can learn from your mistakes and your experiences and continue to get better. I think we’ve really improved since this summer. The goal is for us to continue to improve. Our goal is to not stay the same. Our goal from this tournament is to get better.
BUTLER G ALEX BARLOW
On the mood of the locker room...
"It’s not fun to lose. Guys took it pretty hard. It just shows how close we are at beating really good teams like LSU and Oklahoma State. There are things we can do better that might have changed the outcome of the game.
On getting 10 rebounds…
"LSU does a great job rebounding, and we wanted to keep them off the glass. I think our bigs did a good job. I knew I would have to get at least 5 or 6 (rebounds) and I wouldn’t have gotten them without our bigs blocking out.