Basketball Rolls Past York in Canada, 101-67
TORONTO, Ontario, Canada — The LSU men’s basketball team played a much better overall game against tougher competition Sunday afternoon as the Tigers downed York University, 101-67, on the second game of a three-game exhibition tour of Canadian schools.
The Tigers conclude the exhibition tour Monday morning at 10 a.m. against the University of Toronto before flying back to Baton Rouge late in the evening.
For the second straight game, junior college transfer Marcus Thornton led the Tigers in scoring with 19 points, hitting 8-of-15 field goal attempts including two treys, after scoring 30 points on Saturday in the 92-60 win over Guelph. Anthony Randolph got the start in game two and had 17 points, nine rebounds and six blocks in 28 minutes. Chris Johnson off the bench scored 15 points with four blocks, while Terry Martin added 14 points and four assists. Tasmin Mitchell scored just eight points but had six assists and five steals as he made his presence known on the defensive end of the court.
Tut Ruach, who led York to a one-point win over Morehead State Saturday night by hitting a jumper with three seconds to play, again led the Lions with 16 points. Matthew Terejko had 13 points and Jason Hoult put up 10.
LSU shot 49.4 percent for the game (39-of-79) and 40 percent from the international three-point line of 20 feet, six inches (10-of-25). For the two games, LSU is 17-of-37 from the three point line. LSU was also 13-of-17 from the free throw line and out rebounded the Lions, 40-24.
“We improved from (Saturday) to (Sunday) and we got a little comfort zone going,” said LSU Coach John Brady. “I think this team can really run the floor well. We can run the break and pitch it ahead well and we’ve got four or five guys that can score the ball and shoot the ball which makes it a little bit easier. I didn’t know exactly last night what we were about, but today I feel a little better. We ran some offense, we executed better. We ran the floor so well. Marcus Thornton and Anthony Randolph can really run and Terry Martin has gotten better. Tasmin (Mitchell) is solid and Bo Spencer is going to help us at the point. I thought Quentin Thornton got better just from playing a couple of games.
“This was a nice win for us. This team beat Morehead State yesterday and for us to be able to handle them like we did it was good for us to be able to do that. Certainly, we are going to play against better teams down the road. But after eight practices I’m pleased with the way we played and how we tried to play.”
LSU’s transition and quickness of the floor with a starting lineup for this game of Mitchell, Randolph, Marcus Thornton, Quentin Thornton and Terry Martin, proved too much for York in the first 15 minutes of the contest as after getting a 3-2 advantage in the opening minute, the Lions gave it right back on a Terry Martin trey with 19:13 to go in the opening half.
Up 13-8, LSU went on a nine point run that upped the lead to 22-8 and then used a 13-point run capped by a Johnson basket to up the margin to 35-12 as the first half ticked under the nine-minute mark. LSU opened as much as a 29-point first half lead before York rallied late to close the half-time margin to 18, 51-33.
York got it down one more point to 17, 53-36, but Marcus Thornton‘s three put the lead back out to 20 as the second half got under way and eventually LSU pushed it to 29 for the second time at 76-49 and the lead went to 30 for the first time when Randolph hit a three at the 11-minute mark.
Chris Johnson pushed the margin to 33 moments thereafter with a bucket and a free throw and Coach Brady also complimented him on his play after the game.
“He knows he is going play and his confidence level is good,” said Brady. “He still needs to gain a little more weight, but the offense that we are running better suits him because he doesn’t have to score as much off the post, he can come off some screens and shoot some jump shots which he can do.”
For the game, the Tigers did commit 15 turnovers, but had 19 assists to go with 13 blocks and 13 steals, while York was forced to commit 19 turnovers and shoot just 34.8 percent from the field. But after two games, it continues to be the LSU shooting touch that is getting noticed.
“I think we are an overall good shooting team,” Brady said. “Probably as good as we have had. There are six guys there (on the stat sheet) that can make the three and that stretches the defense a little bit. I anticipate that to carry over in us being a good free throw shooting team. The things were are going to have to pay attention to are defending well and we are going to have to double the post and rebound the ball. That’s the biggest concern I have for this team is our ability to rebound the ball with really big, physical teams. On the other end, I think we can create some disadvantages offensively with the kind of players that we do have.”
Mitchell 3-7, 0-1, 2-2 8; Randolph 7-14, 1-2, 2-4 17; Marcus Thornton 8-15, 2-8, 1-1 19; Martin 6-11, 1-3, 1-2 14; Quintin Thornton 2-6, 0-0 2-2 6; Mason 2-6, 0-0, 1-1 5; Terrebonne 0-0, 0-0 0-0 0; Spencer 3-7, 2-5, 0-0 8; Gatson 0-0 0-0 0-0 0; Johnson 5-9, 1-2, 4-5 15; Farrer 3-4, 3-4, 9. Totals: 39-79, 10-25, 13-17 101.
Ruach 6-13, 2-3, 2-2 16; Hoult 3-8, 2-5, 2-2 10; Evans 2-9, 1-2, 4-5 9; Terejko 5-12, 1-2, 2-2 13; Bewley 1-3, 0-1, 0-0 2; Olinoski 1-4, 0-2, 0-0 2; Carter 1-1, 1-1, 0-0 3; Zemer 1-4, 1-3, 0-0 3; Francis 0-1, 0-1, 0-2 0; Haynes 1-3, 0-0, 0-0 2; Smith 0-3, 0-1 0-0 0; Anderson 3-7, 0-1, 1-2 7; Awan 0-1, 0-0, 0-0 0. Totals: 24-69, 8-22, 11-15, 67.
Halftime score: LSU 51, York 33. FG Pct: LSU 49.4; York 34.8. 3FG Pct.: LSU 40.0; York 36.4; FT Pct: LSU 76.5; York 73.3. Rebounds: LSU 40 (Randolph 9); York 24 (Terejko 7); Assists: LSU 19 (Martin 6), York 11 (Hoult 5); Turnovers: LSU 15, York 19. Blocks: LSU 13 (Randolph 6), York 1 (Haynes); Steals: LSU 13 (Mitchell 5), York 4 (Ruach 2).