LSU wins exhibition game against Ark.-Monitcello, 82-66
BATON ROUGE - The LSU Tigers shot 65 percent and scored 51 points in the second half to put away Arkansas-Monticello, 82-66, in an exhibition basketball game Monday night at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.
The Tigers, playing their first season under new head coach Johnny Jones, opens the 2012-13 season Friday night at home against UC Santa Barbara at 7 p.m.
Four Tigers scored in double figures led by New Orleans senior Charles Carmouche, the transfer from the University of Memphis. Carmouche had 19 points and five assists in 33 minutes, while River Ridge, La., freshman Malik Morgan who had 18 points in 19 minutes. Morgan was 6-of-8 from the floor and 3-of-3 from the arc.
Also, Corban Collins added 11 points and five assists and Johnny O'Bryant III had 10 points, 10 rebounds, four assists and four steals.
LSU shot 17-of-26 from the floor in the second half and hit 5-of-9 treys to break open a game that was only at four points, 31-27, at the half. The Tigers also made 12-of-15 free throws as they outscored Monticello, 51-39, in the final 20 minutes.
For the game, LSU was 53.7 percent overall (29-54), 50 percent (9-18) from the arc and 15-19 (78.9%) from the free throw line. LSU had 17 assists, but also turned the ball over 21 times.
Two UAM players were in double figures - Kori Forge with 20 points and Amir Royal 17. Monticello
Shot 45.3 percent for the game and was out rebounded by LSU, 35-20.
Up 4 at the half, 31-27, UAM would twice cut the LSU lead to one in the first five minutes of the second half. But LSU's offense began to roll in the second half, pushing the lead to double figures for the first time at 64-52 with 5:50 to play. LSU's biggest lead came with 2:14 to play on a transition three by Andre Stringer that made it 80-58.
The Tigers and their up tempo offense took just under two minutes to get the first points of the exhibition as Carmouche scored on a lay-up with 18:13 to go in the half. After UAM took a 10-9 advantage on a couple of free throws with 13:38 to go in the half, LSU had a nice run with freshman Morgan getting a three, then Shavon Coleman hitting a jumper and Morgan hitting another three to put LSU up 17-10, with 11:18 to play.
LSU continued to hold the lead, getting it back to seven again, 25-18, on a Morgan layup with 7:03 to play. But Arkansas-Monticello went on a run of their own, outscoring LSU 9-6 to cut the halftime lead for the Tigers to 31-27.
Morgan had 10 first half points to lead LSU with LSU making 12-of-28 field goal attempts and 4-of-9 threes.
Sophomore Anthony Hickey and freshman Shane Hammink did not play in the contest as part of a decision made by Coach Jones regarding team matters. Both are expected to be available for the season opener on Friday.