100 years of LSU Basketball

January 30th, 2008 by Gabe Harrell

LSU’s Athletic Department recently started a year long celebration to commemorate 100 years of LSU basketball (1909-2009). Barry Cowan of University Archives writes

LSU’s brand-new basketball team “had not more than two weeks’ practice” before playing its first game. The opposing team had been, according to a post-game article in The Reveille, “for two years champions of the State” and had “engaged in interscholastic games for several years. The L.S.U. spirit, however, conquered, and the Tigers once more landed on top.” The final score was LSU 35, opponents 20. The Tigers’ leading scorer was forward J.R. Keeny with 8 field goals. This first game was played on the road and the Tigers were “royally entertained” by the principal of the opposing school. Following this game LSU played Mississippi A&M (now Mississippi State University) and faced a rematch against the Tigers’ first opponents.

Here are this week’s trivia questions:
Q: When was LSU’s first basketball game played?
Q: Which Louisiana team did they play?


  • Quotes and background information from The Reveille MF 632 Reel 1 and Gumbo LD 3118 .G8.
  • Photograph of the team from the LSU Photograph Collection RG #A5000, Range AA:29, Box 1.

6 Responses to “100 years of LSU Basketball”

  1. Rachel Bergeron says:

    That’s interesting. I have a relative by the name of John Roy Keeny, who went by J.R. Keeny. He went to LSU at about this time. Are the people named in this picture?

  2. What a beautiful little blog.

  3. Homer Martin says:

    I can look into it. J.R. Keeny was a starter much of the first season of LSU basketball.


  4. Frank J says:

    Go Tigers!!!

    LSU Football should rule in 09!

  5. Homer Martin says:

    The line up on the photograph:

    First row: S.A. Larcade, J.Y. Sanders, W.J. Phillips

    Back row: Manager J.C. Pugh, J.R. Keeny, L.R. Lesher, C.B. Johson

  6. i love lsu so much

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