Friday, February 18, 2011

Sluggish performance, but a W @ LSU is all that matters 67-56

Box score

Outside of Andrew Steele, no one on the team shined, but it was enough to thwart a really bad LSU team. LSU got out to an early 7-0 lead in the first 5 minutes, built it up to 8, but we came back and took the lead at halftime (by 5). In the 2nd half we pounded it inside to Green to build the lead up to 10, but couldn't put LSU away until the last 2 minutes of the game. LSU got the lead down to 2 on a couple of occasions, but we responded with a bucket to keep them at bay.

We did do our job from the line (15-19) while LSU floundered (13-23), but our defensive intensity was not what we are used to seeing. Our offense once again was stagnant, depending on turnovers for easy scores.

I'm not sure what happenned to Hillman as I can't remember seeing him in the 2nd half. As for Charvez... it is now a fact he's a home court player. Start him at home, leave him on the bench on the road.

We only had 5 assists last night. It did seem like Releford struggled at times, but he'd also show flashes of brilliance driving to the hoop and scoring.

Like I said... it was an ugly game, but we won which is huge as it puts us in position (assuming we win out at home) to finish at 12-4 in the SEC and probably a spot in the NCAA Tournament.


Anonymous said...

Keep on GRINDING! GumpW

DJC said...

Survive and advance. This game, along with the next 2, are crucial. We have nothing to gain by winning, but a loss would pretty much end any hopes of getting an NCAA at large bid.

I don't understand why Senario didn't play much in the 2nd half? Early in the game it looked like Green was reverting to his old habits of shooting the ball on fadeaways, but he got it straightened out. I thought Releford played well, he's getting better and better at driving the lane.

MSmilie said...

I think the reason Senario and Charvez sat a good bit was LSU was going big and I think Grant was trying to match them. Might be why Hankerson played the most minutes last night he's played in quite some time.

I'll say this: The game might have gone differently if Storm Warren isn't in foul trouble and White didn't start cramping up. White played really well and Warren never got in rhythm, though that was offset by Garret Green's play.

Regardless, 4-1 on the road is 4-1 on the road. I don't care how we got there.