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Tigers Play Charity Hoops Exhibition Saturday At Louisiana Tech

by Kent Lowe | Sr. Assoc. Communications Director
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Tigers Play Charity Hoops Exhibition Saturday At Louisiana Tech

BATON ROUGE – The LSU men’s basketball team has its final tune up for the 2019-20 season when it travels to Ruston Saturday for an NCAA-approved charity exhibition game with Louisiana Tech. 

The game will be at the Thomas Assembly Center on campus and proceeds will benefit relief efforts on campus with Tech athletic facilities that were damaged and in the city of Ruston from a tornado that hit in April. Tickets are still available at LATechSports.com/tickets.

Tipoff is set for 4 p.m. There is no TV or streaming video for the game but Chris Blair and former LSU head coach John Brady will be on hand to broadcast the game on the LSU Sports Radio Network beginning at 3:45 p.m.

The game matches two teams that had good seasons a year ago that met up in a counting game early in the 2018-19 season in Baton Rouge which wasn’t decided until the final minutes in an entertaining 74-67 win for the Tigers. In that game Javonte Smart led LSU with 16 points with Tremont Waters getting 14 and Skylar Mays and Daryl Edwards 12 each.

Smart and May will led LSU into this season, while Waters was drafted to a two-way contract with the Boston Celtics and Edwards is now a graduate transfer at Fresno State. 

Anthony Duruji had 22 points to lead the Bulldogs with Exavian Christon scored 15 points. LA Tech turned the ball over 17 times and that led to 22 points off turnovers for the Tigers. The Bulldogs led the game, 54-46 with 12:42 left and the game was tied at 62 with 2:29 to play. 

Earlier this week at his media session, Coach Will Wade said: “This weekend we’re going up to Louisiana Tech to play in the road exhibition game. The proceeds from the game are going to help rebuild infrastructure in Ruston from the devastating tornado in the spring. It’s something we got together with Louisiana Tech and certainly wanted to take part in and help out in any small way we can. It will be really good for our team. 

“Louisiana Tech, on top of that, is a very, very good team. They return five of their six leading scorers. They got a waiver from a big 6-10 kid who played at West Virginia who’s from Florida. It will be a hostile environment. It will be a very good team we’re playing, a team that gave us everything we could handle here last year. Javonte (Smart’s) three hit four different spots on the rim before we could breathe easily, escaping by seven points. They return five of their six leading scorers. They’ve got a very good backcourt, very, very good guard play. It will be a tough game for us. It will be good to see how our guys respond in a tough and difficult environment when things are moving fast. We’ll certainly be in plenty of those games coming up this season. It will be very good to see how we do this weekend and what we need to adjust and what we need to be better at.”

LSU was 28-7 a year ago and 16-2 in winning the Southeastern Conference regular season title and advancing to the NCAA Sweet 16. Louisiana Tech won 20 games a year ago. Both teams are picked third in their respective conferences. 

This will be the fourth time overall that LSU has traveled to Ruston for a men’s basketball game. 

LSU opens its 2019-20 season on Friday night, Nov. 8, at 7 p.m. against Bowling Green. Tickets for the game are available as well as season tickets and mini-plans at LSUtix.net.

Follow updates on Saturday’s game at www.Facebook.com/LSUBasketball and on Twitter @LSUBasketball.