LSU gave a good, tough fight throughout the game against the Tarheels, and led late, but UNC eventually out-talented and out-performed the Tigers to take an 84-70 victory.
Here’s the stats recap from the game…
- LSU shot 45.3%, UNC shot 53.3%
- UNC was 46.2% from three, LSU was 39.1%
- UNC attempted 18 free throws, LSU attempted 6
- Thornton/Mitchell for LSU and Lawson/Ellington for UNC combined for 89 of the game’s 154 points
Not too much to look at here, although I’d be interested to see how this game would have played out if the foul calling wasn’t so warped in favor of the Tarheels.
Both teams have distinguished, and clear-cut stars. UNC’s backups were simply more talented, and more focused down the stretch.
LSU overachieved to an outstanding degree this season. I think the rest of the SEC better look out for Trent Johnson because he’s proven his worth in this conference. LSU was set up for a successful season, but so was South Carolina; the Gamecocks failed to even make the NCAA Tournament.
LSU loses a ton next season, but Johnson is set to compete long-term in this ever-competitive conference.