After an 82-47 loss to Wichita State in the opening round of the Battle 4 Atlantis, LSU rebounded with a win over Old Dominion. A second-half run with about ten minutes left in the game gave the Tigers the lead for good, and pushed their record to 4-1 early in the season.
The Tigers found a way to overcome 21 turnovers to preserve the win, and that included four turnovers in the first four minutes of the game. Old Dominion only managed 16 points off those 21 turnovers, however.
LSU guard Antonio Blakeney, the Tigers’ leading scorer entering Thursday, only managed four points, but guard Brandon Sampson and center Duop Reath bombined for 39 points to pace their team.
Player of the game
LSU guard Brandon Sampson set a career high with 24 points. His previous career high came in last year’s season opener — his first game with LSU — when he put up 18 points against McNeese State. Sampson also went 9-for-9 from the free-throw line. Against Old Dominion, Sampson was one of three LSU players to score in double figures, and center Duop Reath added 16 points with 10 rebounds.
Reath also had a key block — his second and final of the night — on a lay-up attempt by ODU with 21 seconds left in a four-point game.
Stat line of the game
LSU’s 3-point shooting. It’s been a rough go early in the year from long range, but things looked to be improving as the Tigers hit their first two 3-point attempts.
From there, however, LSU made one of its final 16 3-point attempts. The Tigers managed to still shoot 48-percent from the field; meaning they made 21 of 32 2-point attempts.
With just over 10 minutes remaining in regulation and LSU trailing 40-36, the Tigers went on a 19-8 run to retake the lead and push it to a 55-48 game with less than five minutes left.
Old Dominion cut the lead to three points on two separate occasions with under a minute to go, but would get no closer.
What’s next for LSU basketball
With the win, LSU plays VCU at 7 p.m. ET Friday to close out the Battle 4 Atlantis in the fifth-place game.
From there, the Tigers host Houston at 9 p.m. on Nov. 29 as they start the back half of their non-conference schedule. That swing also includes a road trip to Wake Forest on Dec. 22, LSU’s final non-conference game before starting conference play against Vanderbilt on Dec. 29.
LSU basketball vs. Old Dominion box score