On Tuesday, the LSU basketball team lost a hard fought season opener against Massachusetts, 92-90. LSU’s lone lead came in the opening seconds of the game. The Tigers had a chance to steal the game at the end, but a couple three pointers rimmed out to give the Minutemen the victory. LSU will try to rebound in their home opener against Northwestern State.
There are many positives the Tigers can take away from their loss to Massachusetts. Their defense was poor throughout the contest but their offense looked dynamic. LSU was able to keep the game manageable despite star player Johnny O’Bryant on the bench for much of the second half due to foul trouble. The Tigers played the major majority of the game without freshman Jarell Martin who suffered a sprained ankle 30 seconds into the contest.
We were certainly excited to get the season started on Tuesday. We played a very tough basketball team in UMass. I thought that a lot of positive things happened for us in that game. A lot of bright spots – one, to be able to score 90-plus points and rebound the ball well. We out rebounded a very good basketball team. So I thought there were a lot of positives. A lot of guys got additional minutes, be it because of injuries or foul trouble, and I thought those guys did an excellent job with the time that they had out there on the floor. We are really encouraged and glad that we were able to play the type of opponent that we did because we learned a lot about ourselves this early part of the season. We’re certainly disappointed in the setback, but we look forward to all of the challenges that are ahead for us. And we’re hopeful that we will grow from the experience that we had together on Tuesday.
LSU’s home opener will be the second consecutive year LSU and Northwestern State have met. Last year, the Tigers looked to have won the game, up by as many as 21 in the second half, but the Demons came storming back, making it a ball game. In the end LSU was able to hold off the Northwestern State surge and come away with a 102-95 victory. If the Tigers have their way tonight the game will be no where near as close as it was last year.