Bright Scores 21 in Tigers' First Victory in Italy
VERONA, Italy — The LSU men’s basketball team, playing its third game in as many days in its exhibition tour, put on a strong start-to-finish performance to down Trieste here Saturday, 90-62, for its first win in this country.
The Tigers are 1-2 on the tour which continues through Thursday.
Trieste is one of the teams in the top Italian professional leagues, finishing seventh this past season in the 22-team league.
“This third game was certainly our best as we continue to improve our play,” said LSU Coach John Brady. “We defended much better against Trieste, an upper level professional team, and we too much better care of the ball, only turning it over eight times.”
The Tigers had five players in double figures led by Torris Bright with 21 points, including 3-of-6 shooting from three-point range. Ronald Dupree had 20 points and 14 rebounds, with Brian Beshara coming up with 14 points and 10 rebounds for his second straight double-double. Jermaine Williams also had 14 points and Collis Temple III had 11 points and seven rebounds for LSU.
LSU as a team was 31-of-63 from the field and 6-of-18 from three-point range. LSU built a 47-32 halftime advantage.
“Ronald Dupree, Jermaine Williams and Brian Beshara all had excellent games for us,” said Brady. “Torris Bright played very well and we continue to adjust well to our new offense. We also are doing a good job of learning what our strengths and weaknesses are.”
The Tigers spent the night in Verona before traveling to Venice to enjoy a day off Sunday from practice and playing and sightseeing. LSU will then bus back to Bormio on Monday with the next game scheduled for 10 a.m. Italian time (3 a.m. CDT) against the Angola Olympic Team. This will be a rematch of the game from Friday when Angola rallied for a 77-75 decision over the Tigers.
The final game of the tour, set for Wednesday in Bormio against Belgium, is in the process of being rescheduled because the Belgium team cannot get to Bormio because of financial consideration. It appears now that a team from Switzerland would fill the void in the final game.