Angolan Olympic Team Rallies to Beat Tigers, 77-75
BORMIO, Italy — The LSU men’s basketball team’s lack of depth caught up with the Tigers late in the second half here Friday as the Angola Olympic team rallied for a 77-75 decision at the Sports Arena.
But the game was a marked improvement from the night before when LSU turned the ball over 27 times in a 104-62 loss to the Italian Olympic team.
“Our team in this second game improved its play,” said LSU Coach John Brady. “We were better offensively and we took care of the ball more effectively. We were able to rebound better for our limited size. This Angola Olympic team was not as talented as the Italian team, but they are as physical and athletic. It was another good learning experience for our team.”
The Tigers led 40-35 at the halftime intermission and still held a 50-40 advantage into the second half when foul trouble began to plague the Tigers. Torris Bright would pick up his fourth foul and Brad Bridgewater would shortly foul out and the Tigers six-scholarship, three-walkon team was being tested all the way down.
Junior walkon Brandon Landry would play some 17 minutes at guard for the Tigers, scoring nine points.
“Brandon Landry played well off the bench,” said Brady. “Each of our walk-ons are getting some quality minutes for us.”
The Tigers were down one with a minute to play, but couldn’t convert a couple of opportunities and the Angolan team hung on to drop LSU 0-2 on the exhibition tour.
“The game overall was a positive step in terms of what we are wanting to accomplish with this trip,” said Brady.
For the second straight night, Brian Beshara led LSU in scoring with 15 points and he also pulled down a team-high 11 rebounds. Torris Bright had 12 points and six assists, Ronald Dupree 11 points and six rebounds, Brad Bridgewater 10 points, Collis Temple and Landry 9 points and Jermaine Williams added eight points.
The Angola Olympic team was led by Vic Toriano with 20 points.
LSU will now take a 5 hour bus ride Saturday morning from this ski resort town to Vicenza, outside Verona, where they will play one of the nation’s top club teams from Trieste. Game time is set for 6:30 p.m. Italian time, 11:30 a.m. CDT.