After a narrow loss to the Dominican Republic in the first game of its tour of Spain, the LSU basketball team bounced back in a big way Saturday afternoon.
Returning to the court about 48 hours after a four-point setback to the Dominican Republic, which is 18th in the FIBA world poll, LSU rolled to an easy win over the Valencia All-Stars in Valencia.
Like Thursday's game with the Dominican Republic, Will Wade's team got off to a strong start against Valencia and built a large lead. But this time, the Tigers never gave it up and coasted to a 111-86 victory.
Six LSU players scored in double figures in the 25-point romp. The group was led by freshmen Trendon Watford and James Bishop, who had 19 and 17 points, respectively.
Skylar Mays had 14 — all coming in the first half — while Darius Days finished with 12. Javonte Smart and Aundre Hyatt added 10 points each.
The LSU men's basketball team opened its slate of games Thursday on its tour of Spain with a hard-fought loss to the Dominican Republic.
"I thought we played better, we did a lot of the little things better," Wade said. "We did a better job of getting on the offensive glass.
"Our defensive rotations were still a little bit slow, but it was good to see some guys get in there and make some things happen."
LSU, which made just six 3-point baskets in Thursday's 92-88 loss to the Dominican Republic, drained five in the first quarter alone against Valencia to take a 29-20 lead after one.
The lead steadily grew in the second quarter and an 18-3 run, which was capped by a Mays dunk, gave the Tigers a commanding 61-39 lead with 47.2 seconds to play in the first half.
Thirteen unanswered points to end the second quarter made it 63-39 at halftime.
LSU then scored the first eight points of the second half — which began with back-to-back 3s by Smart.
The LSU men's basketball team will play the second game in its tour of Spain on Saturday when the Tigers go against the Valencia All-Stars in …
Combined with the 13-0 run to end the first half, LSU had 21 unanswered points to push the lead to 71-39 just 64 seconds into the third quarter.
Valencia fought back a little in the third quarter and were outscored by just one point 27-26, but the Tigers took a 90-65 edge into the final quarter.
LSU is next scheduled to face the Barcelona All-Stars at 10 a.m. CDT Tuesday in Barcelona. There will be no TV, radio or live streaming of the game.
The Three Dog Night song “Never Been to Spain,” which was actually written by folk singer Hoyt Axton, doesn’t apply to Will Wade.
The LSU basketball team will play the first of at least three games on its 10-day tour of Spain at noon CDT against the Dominican Republic in Madrid.