Tigers Win Two Before Returning Home
BORMIO, Italy — The LSU men’s basketball team wrapped up a successful tour of Italy with a winning record here Tuesday, winning two games over teams from Angola and Austria at the Sports Arena.
The Tigers got revenge for a two-point loss to the Angola Olympic team last Friday, scoring a 79-73 decision in the morning, and then coming back in the early evening Tuesday for an 87-62 decision over a team made up of players from Austria’s pro league.
The Tigers were scheduled to play Switzerland on Wednesday, but that game was changed to the Tuesday game with the Austrian players. LSU finishes the tour at 3-2, winning its last three contests.
“Overall, we have accomplished what we wanted to here,” said LSU Coach John Brady.
“We were able to work on a new concept of offensive execution against quality competition. “Certainly our team needs to continue to improve in all areas and there will always be a concern about our lack of size in the post area and our depth. But if we play good hard defense, take care of the ball and emphasize rebounding, this team will be a fun one to watch. We look forward to coming home and preparing for Oct. 15.”
LSU held a 40-33 lead at the half against the Angolans in the morning game and this time didn’t let the lead get award from them as in the previous meeting. Brian Beshara had 21 points, with Jermaine Williams adding 15, Torris Bright 13, Ronald Dupree 12 points and 11 boards and Collis Temple III added 10 points.
As a team, LSU was 21-of-44 from the field, with six treys and made 19-of-30 free throw attempts.
“The game against Angola was a positive because we beat a team that beat us in the second game of our trip,” Brady said. “Brian Beshara played well along with Jermaine Williams. Five players in double figures definitely helps us from the offensive standpoint. Ronald Dupree continued to rebound well for us. We continued to get better with the limited numbers we have.”
In the second game, the Tigers held just a 40-36 lead over the Austrians at the half before outscoring the pros, 47-26, to win by the 87-62 margin.
The strong second half helped the Tigers shoot 32-of-48 from the field for the game with four treys and 11-of-14 from the free throw line. Williams led LSU with 19 points, with Dupree adding 17 points and eight rebounds and Brian Beshara also had eight rebounds to go with his 12 points. Torris Bright posted 15 points and 12 assists in his best game of the tour.
“This was another good game for us, especially in the second half,” said Brady. “We improved our defense, did not foul unnecessarily and our doubling of their best post player in second half. That player, Chris Davis, had 18 points in the first half and just two points in the second half. Also, Torris Bright showed some very unselfish play, which was very positive.”
With the basketball games finished, the team will bus back to Milan on Wednesday and fly out of Italy on Thursday, arriving back in to the New Orleans airport at 6:43 p.m. CDT.