December 29, 2006

Tigers show patience against Samford

LSU will not see the style utilized by Samford during its 16-game Southeastern Conference schedule.

But, the Tigers were able to display their ability to be patient against the Bulldogs, who are coached by former John Brady assistant Jimmy Tillette.

It took LSU until the middle of the second half before it went on the game-deciding run in its 60-45 victory Friday at the PMAC.

Holding a 38-36 lead, the Tigers held Samford scoreless for nearly six minutes. Meanwhile, LSU ran off a string of nine consecutive points.

Field goals by Dameon Mason and Terry Martin started the surge. Then, Glen Davis sank a pair of foul shots and Tasmin Mitchell hit a 3-pointer. The Bulldogs would never trail by fewer than nine points in the final six minutes of the game.

"I knew that it was going to be a possession-by-possession game," Brady said. "I thought as time went on, we would be good enough athletically and defensively to slowly advance our lead. That's what we were able to do."

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