Mar 14, 2013; Nashville, TN, USA; LSU Tigers guard Andre Stringer (10) keeps the ball away from Georgia Bulldogs guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (1) during the second round of the SEC tournament at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joshua Lindsey-USA TODAY Sports

LSU Knocks Off Northwestern State in Basketball Home Opener

In the first game in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center this season, LSU defeated a quality Northwestern State basketball team. The Tigers took the lead early and did not look back, leading for nearly the entire game.

Northwestern State was 2-0 entering the game. In their previous contest they trailed by nine at the halftime but went on to humiliate Auburn on the road, winning by 19 points. LSU was able to bounce back from their narrow defeat at the hands of Massachusetts on Tuesday.

Jarell Martin did not play in the game due a sprained ankle he suffered against Massachusetts, but the other Tigers rallied together to make up for his absence.

Johnny O’Bryant picked up four fouls for the second consecutive game but played exceptionally well, leading the Tigers to victory. O’Bryant had 21 points to go along with a game high 14 rebounds and two blocks.

Andre Stringer became the 39th player in LSU history to eclipse 1,000 career points. He scored 21 points on 7 of 20 shooting and had seven rebounds on the night.

Freshman Jordan Mickey has looked impressive in his first two games. Against Northwestern State he recorded his second double in as many games. Mickey ended the game with 10 points, 13 rebounds, and 6 blocked shots.

The Tigers will try to push their home record to 2-0 on Tuesday as the New Orleans Privateers visit Baton Rouge. New Orleans is 1-0 this year but has yet to face any serious competition.

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