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Tuesday, December 20, 2011
LSU is back on track after beating Marquette

By Diamond Leung



LSU senior Storm Warren has gone through the frustration of back-to-back seasons with last-place finishes. But on Monday with the Tigers knocked off previously unbeaten Marquette, he made a statement with the dunk of the day.

"This game shows us that the work we've put in and our dedication and commitment that we have to each other and on our defense pays off," Warren told reporters. "Our team members and fans really helped out a lot. Our confidence has been up."

LSU is off to an 8-3 start, with Trent Johnson's young team showing that it could become a contender in the SEC considering how it battled back against Marquette.

The Tigers not only trailed 13-0, but also were playing without leading scorer Andre Stringer, who has been out indefinitely since fainting during a practice earlier this month.

Yet behind sophomore Ralston Turner and Iowa State transfer Justin Hamilton, they managed to pull off the upset. Another talented young player, McDonald's All-American Johnny O'Bryant III, recently entered the starting lineup and adds to the frontcourt.

Still, Johnson, who found success at Nevada and Stanford before arriving at LSU, is quick to not get too excited about all this just yet.

"Again, I don't want to take away from the guys' excitement and enjoyment, but it is one win," Johnson told reporters. "Like I told them going into the game, regardless of what happens, there is still a lot of basketball that needs to be played."