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From the start, LSU was fighting from behind. Just 30 seconds into the game LSU lost Jarell Martin to injury. They also lost their only lead (3-0) of the game. From there on out, it was a struggle. Fouls limited many LSU players. The Tigers had 20 fouls in the first half. However, the referee's weren't the issue.

LSU went only 15 of 25 from the free throw line, including missing the front end of 4 one and one attempts. UMASS was 28-40 from the line. That is the difference in the game. Look at any other stat; LSU outrebounded UMASS 44-40. Had 2 more assists than UMASS. Had 2 more steals than UMASS. Had 3 more blocks, and were even with 13 turnovers for both clubs. However, the Tigers couldn't make free throws.

LSU had four players score over 16 points, lead by Johnny O'Bryant who scored 23. Andre Stringer chipped in 21 points while Mickey and Hickey both netted 16 points. O'Bryant and Mickey both had double-doubles adding 11 and 10 rebounds respectively.

All said and done, LSU was able to stick with a very impressive UMASS team without freshman phenom Jarell Martin. We learned that Mickey can play extended minutes without getting into too much foul trouble after his 38 logged minutes. His 5 blocks kept UMASS within reach. The Tigers just fell short.

This was a tough loss when you look ahead to selection Sunday. This gave LSU a chance to get a quality win on their resume. However, LSU still has some big games on their schedule to get excited about. St Joseph's and a possible matchup against Memphis makes the Old-Spice Classic an important late November battle. LSU also gets Tennessee, Florida, and Kentucky twice in their SEC slate.

Before the game I told myself that there was no "moral victory" to be had in this game, however after losing Martin in the first minute and playing in so much foul trouble, the young Tigers showed grit and determination. Make a couple free throws or another three pointer, and this game could have been a big victory. Tough to be upset at a team that hustled all game and worked their hardest.

There is plenty of promise for the Tigers. They were able to learn a lot about themselves, the fouling rules, and where they need to correct their gameplan. Chin up Tiger fans, these boys can play.

Player Grades:

Johnny O'Bryant (A-) - O'Bryant was a force all morning finishing with 23pts, 11rebs, 2blks, and 2asts. However, O'Bryant went 5-10 from the free throw line and missed the front end of one and one shots twice.

Jordan Mickey (A) Mickey filled the stat sheets in his first career start, including a double-double. Had 16pts, 10rebs, 5blks, and 1ast.

Tim Quarterman (C+) Quarterman struggled in his first game. He did score LSU's first points and didn't commit a turnover, but he seemed to slow LSU's offense to a crawl when manning the point. 5pts, 3rebs, 1ast, 1blk.

Andre Stringer (A) Stringer played great. He kept LSU in the game for stretches of time and was perfect from the free throw line (4/4). 21pts, 6rebs, 3ast, 2stls.

John Odo (D+) Odo came in for a couple minutes and racked up 3 quick fouls. He also missed the front end of a one and one. 1reb.

Shavon Coleman (B-) Coleman was matched up with much taller players on the perimeter and didn't really play much of a factor. He had 5pts, 4rebs, 1ast, and 1stl.

Shane Hammink (B-) Shane seemed to question himself on offense, except a very nice drive to the hoop where he made a layup and got fouled. 3pts, 2rebs, and 2asts.

Anthony Hickey (A) Hickey came in off the bench and really played well. He only hit 3 of 9 from three point range but made the offense go at PG. 16pts, 7asts, 3stls, and 2rebs.

Malik Morgan (C-) Malik struggled defensively with hte new handcheck rules. He had 4 fouls in limited minutes. However he did get 2asts, 1reb, 1stl, and 1pt.

LSU returns home to face another faced paced opponent Saturday night when the Tigers face the Northwestern St Demons. LSU beat the Demons 102 to 95 last season and look to get back to their winning ways at 7PM. While no official word has been given on Martin's return, Coach Jones said they will use "every precaution".

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tigers32 - 25 months ago
Ah ok. Just saw the other thread about his injury.
LSUzealot - 25 months ago
If Martin is the Dickie V Diaper Dandy we hope he is, I guarantee the selection committee will put him being out in consideration when discussing this loss. Especially if UMASS ends up sucking.
Alt26 - 25 months ago

It worked great. However I think we were worried about the possible fouls. We already had everyone with 4 by the end of the game.

Hope to see it some against teams who prefer a slower pace. I thought we may not press them because they are already a fast paced team

It was going to be a fast-paced game regardless. The press would have only made it more hectic, and with the amount of fouls LSU was picking up probably wouldn't have been a great idea. In fact, LSU was better on offense when they went to the half-court and got the ball to JOBIII in the post
purplengold1 - 25 months ago
Martin was wearing a boot on campus today
tigers32 - 25 months ago
Ankle sprain, and I haven't heard anything about him missing games. Doesn't appear to be serious. Hopefully, he'll play Saturday.
SouthOfSouth - 25 months ago

I'm wondering why we didn't press earlier?

It worked great. However I think we were worried about the possible fouls. We already had everyone with 4 by the end of the game. :lol:

Hope to see it some against teams who prefer a slower pace. I thought we may not press them because they are already a fast paced team.
Sampson - 25 months ago
:cheers: hopefully there's an update soon on Martin. Mickey was and still is my fav. Player from that class and on the team.
Britgirl - 25 months ago
I'm wondering why we didn't press earlier?
We really ignited when we pressed. This is a team that loves to press.
Maybe JJ doesn't think the freshman can handle it yet, so we're still not deep enough??

Was at the game sitting 2 rows up from our bench.
Poor Tim was biting his nails sitting there. Real good experience for him, on the road, very loud & hostile crowd.

The push offs and 2 handed pushes into players' backs by UMass that weren't called, were constant, esp. in 1st half.

At one point Hickey was pushed by Williams (for the hundredth time it seemed like) and Hickey was called for the foul! This happened right in front of us AND the ref. JJ was livid. Got on the refs a lot in the 1st half.

However this situation was also great experience and I was really impressed that they didn't let the 1st half officiating get to them.
Individually they were aggravated (watched their facial expressions), but collectively they stuck it out.

Great first effort in spite of the setbacks.
S - 25 months ago
i meant more of the first half where we tried to push the tempo at unecessary times or took quick shots before everything was set. other than that i liked what i saw. they couldn't handle him in the post and not many teams will be able to until sec play starts.
S - 25 months ago
for starters i expected us to lose yesterday at full strength (with martin) so i was rather encouraged with how they played all things considered. umass is a good team and the fact they played against boston college on sunday had to be a bonus for them.

i think we finish the reg. season something like 21-9 (11-7). hopefully enough to get something like a 9 or 10 seed and the chance to win a game in the dance. our first three conference games are going to be interesting. we can't put ourselves in a hole like last season. tennessee will be tough, ole miss away will be tough and south carolina on the road could be tricky. if we can go 2-1 that would be a huge way to get things started.
lsu2006 - 25 months ago

we need to do a better job establishing and enforcing johnny in the paint, especially against teams like umass(their main big defender had 4 FOULS IN THE FIRST HALF) we got a way from that a little at a point where the game was still close.

Well, Johnny did get his 4th foul with about 13 minutes to go. I think when he was actually in we were pretty consistently going to him in the paint.
Bear Is Dead - 25 months ago
What was your Prediction for the season S? I don't remember reading yours in the expectations thread.
S - 25 months ago
we need to do a better job establishing and enforcing johnny in the paint, especially against teams like umass(their main big defender had 4 FOULS IN THE FIRST HALF) we got a way from that a little at a point where the game was still close. we had to get a little helter skelter when the game started to tilt in their favor early in the second half but when it's close that needs to be our bread and butter. we're gonne be okay.
Brbengal - 25 months ago
Thanks SOS, good write up.

We've got to improve from the line.
lsu2006 - 25 months ago

What exactly happened to him?

Turned his ankle apparently. No swelling or bruising. He'll probably sit Saturday (just a guess) as a precaution.
Ignignot - 25 months ago
Lower ankle sprain, they might hold him out a game or two, should be back for Old Spice Classic
tigerguy26 - 25 months ago
Is there any word on Martin yet?? Couldn't watch the game... What exactly happened to him?
lsu2006 - 25 months ago
Would have been nice to have a healthy Malone to eat up some minutes while JOB was out with foul trouble. Additionally having a guy like Martin in there at all could have changed everything. That said, 60% from the line and missing as many front ends as we did will rarely end well against quality opponents like UMass.

A lot to be encouraged about, guys. :geauxtigers:
tigers32 - 25 months ago
Like everyone, I'm disappointed to see free throws be a big reason we lost. Martin should be okay. I believe Moscona said yesterday evening that the staff didn't want to risk putting him back into the game considering it was the first game of the season. It didn't sound very serious, but who knows.
LoveThatMoney - 25 months ago
Yeah it's difficult to win games shooting 60% from the line. You have to make hay there. The goal should be a team percentage around 80, with a couple guys shooting well into the 80s. Even if we shoot 75% from the line last night, we win by 3. Tough to lose that way for sure, but they're young and I'm sure will be stuck in the gym late doing nothing but working on free throws. Or they should be, anyway.
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