Wednesday , Nov , 29 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

LSU tries to continue dominance of McNeese State

Baton Rouge, LA (Sports Network) – The 10th-ranked LSU Tigers are heavily
favored in tonight’s non-conference clash with McNeese State.

The Cowboys began the season with three double-digit losses, but rather
than hang their heads, the effort has been intensified and the result has
been victory in two of the last three outings. On Saturday, McNeese State
rolled to a 77-53 decision over Texas College, but this game against LSU
obviously represents a major jump in competition.

Speaking of the Tigers, they hope to rebound from Saturday’s 57-53 loss to a
Wichita State team that is off to sensational start. The Tigers have played
just three games thus far, winning two, and they have some key contributors
back from last year’s squad that reached the Final Four.

LSU has won all 15 of its series meetings with McNeese State, so a loss
tonight would have to be considered a huge upset.

McNeese State is far from explosive at the offensive end, as the team is only
scoring 60.2 ppg while allowing 65.7 ppg to its opponents. Unfortunately, there
isn’t a single player in the Cowboys’ lineup who is a legitimate threat to take
over a game with his scoring prowess. Jarvis Bradley paces the club with a
modest 11.5 ppg, and John Ford is contributing 10.7 ppg. Five players scored in
double figures for McNeese State in the recent romp over Texas College. Bradley
and Ford led the way with 15 points apiece, while Aldryan Wardell, Rorey
Lawrence, Kleon Penn all pitched in 10 points. The Cowboys shot 50 percent from
the floor and earned a commanding 50-31 rebounding advantage, a feat they are
highly unlikely to repeat this evening.

LSU shot a respectable 45.2 percent from the floor in the first half against
Wichita State and led by six points at intermission. Things seemed to fall
apart for the Tigers in the second half, however, as they connected on only
33.3 percent of their field goal attempts en route to victory. Glen Davis, the
reigning SEC Player of the Year, posted 17 points and 13 rebounds, but he
turned the ball over six times. The only other double-digit scorer for LSU was
Darnell Lazare, as he netted 11 points. Davis has been strong through three
outings as expected, as he is posting 19.7 ppg and 9.7 rpg. Lazare checks in
with 14.3 ppg on 69.6 percent shooting from the floor, and Tasmin Mitchell adds
13.7 ppg to the lineup. LSU is an outstanding defensive team that is limiting
opponents to 52 ppg on 32.4 percent shooting from the floor.