LSU is looking to go 3-0 in the match with Liberty

LSU is looking to go 3-0 in the match with Liberty


LSU was dominant in three of its four halves to start the season.

The Tigers (2-0) will try to continue their strong start when they face Liberty on Monday night in Baton Rouge, Los Angeles.

They overcame Louisiana Monroe by 62 points in the season opener, but found themselves trailing Texas 37-32 at the break on Friday.

“In the first half we played for them,” LSU coach Will Wade said. “We didn’t play hard enough. We were hoping he’d miss them rather than force them to miss. We were so passive.”

The Tigers were less passive in the second half and outplayed the Bobcats by 30 and finished 84-59. He took the lead with a 38-14 run.

“I can’t really say what I said at half-time,” Wade said. “Obviously it was a great win.

In the second half, we were great. We weren’t aggressive enough in the first half, and we continued into the second.”

The Tigers fired 63 percent (17 for 27, including seven of nine three-pointers) and held Texas 32 percent (eight of 25) in the second half.

Liberty was dominant in the season opener Thursday night, scoring the first 14 points, leading 43-12 in the first half and steering the Regent 85-24. It was a school record for the fewest points allowed.

The Flames outperformed the Regent 42-14 in coating and only allowed 20.8 percent (11-53) to shoot.

Coach Richie McKay was pleased with the way his team shared the ball. Liberty provided 24 assists in 33 field goals and fired 56.9 percent (33-58), including 40 percent (12-30) three-pointers.

“I thought we played too altruistic,” McKay said. “We didn’t shoot it like I thought we could.”

Darius McGee, ASUN Player of the Year, scored a game-high by 21 points to lead Liberty’s five scorers in double figures.

“I think we’ve got some depth that we can take advantage of,” McKay said.

The match starts against LSU for four straight games away from home for The Flames, who will face Iona and Manhattan in the MAAC/ASU Challenge in Orlando before meeting Bethune-Cookman in Daytona Beach, Florida.

–Field Media Level

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