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Vandy holds LSU to 32 percent shooting

2/21/2004

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- As well as Dawid Przybyszewski played
offensively, Vanderbilt coach Kevin Stallings liked his defense
even better.

Przybyszewski was 5-for-5 on 3-pointers and scored 21 points. He
also held LSU's Brandon Bass to 1-for-9 shooting as Vanderbilt
defeated (No. 24 AP) LSU 74-54 on Saturday.

Vanderbilt (17-6, 6-6 Southeastern Conference) also got 22
points from Matt Freije, and defensively held LSU to a season-low
32 percent shooting.

LSU (17-6, 7-5) was playing without leading scorer and rebounder
Jamie Lloreda, who aggravated lower leg injuries in an 80-68 loss
to Auburn earlier in the week and did not dress Saturday.

"Everyone will look at Dawid's 3-pointers, but he was better
defensively than offensively," Stallings said. "Brandon Bass is a
good player."

Guarding Przybyszewski can prove as difficult as pronouncing his
name (SHIB-a-shef-ski). The 7-foot-2 center has an excellent
outside shot, and he added eight rebounds against LSU to go with
his of 3-pointers.

"I create a mismatch," said the Polish-born junior, who came
into the game hitting 44 percent of his 3-point tries. "Big guys
are not used to guarding on the three-point line. I think I can
take full advantage of it."

Freije's 22 points put him six away from being Vanderbilt's
all-time leading scorer. He had a chance to break the mark with
three minutes to play, but Stallings took him out of with
Vanderbilt comfortably ahead. Freije said he was glad.

"I want to break it in a classy way," he said. "I didn't want
it to be when we are up 20 in garbage minutes. I want it to be in
the middle of a game when it really counts."

Antonio Hudson had 18 points and seven rebounds for the Tigers,
who could not overcome the absence of Lloreda, who averages 17.2
points and 11.6 rebounds. Darrel Mitchell scored 12 points for LSU.

"In retrospect, we shouldn't have played (Lloreda) against
Auburn," said LSU coach John Brady. "He wanted to play tonight,
but we wouldn't let him. I need to get our team healthy and get in
the (SEC) tournament. With one ore win, we will have second place
and secure one of the byes."

The Commodores shot just 29 percent in the first half but hit 64
percent from the field in a 52-point second half. Vanderbilt also
took excellent care of the ball, turning it over just six times.

"We just couldn't stop them," Hudson said. "They were just
hot, unbelievably hot."

Vanderbilt opened the second half with an 18-5 run to take a
40-33 lead. Przybyszewski hit two 3s during the run and scored 10
of the points. "We couldn't let them throw the first punch in the
second half," Freije said. "We came out and played more
aggressive and we had some shots fall for us."

Vanderbilt gradually pulled away from there. A dunk by Jason
Holwerda gave the Commodores a 53-39 lead with 7:50 left, and their
lead was never less than 14 points thereafter.

LSU plays the league's two best teams, Mississippi State and
Kentucky, next week.

The victory lifted Vanderbilt to 14-1 at home this season.

In pregame ceremonies, Vanderbilt retired the number of Perry
Wallace, the first black basketball player in the Southeastern
Conference.