BASKETBALL

LSU gets sixth straight win with blowout of Charleston

Matt Dunaway
LSU's Jarell Martin. Photo by LSUsports.net.

The LSU men’s basketball team used a solid all-around effort headed by Jordan Mickey’s 15 points, 10 rebounds and six blocks as the Tigers tucked away their sixth straight victory with a 71-47 blowout win over Charleston Monday at the Maravich Center.

LSU’s (9-2) six-game winning streak matches the longest for the Tigers under third-year coach Johnny Jones. The Tigers also won secured six consecutive wins to open the Jones era and the 2012-13 season.

LSU drained 11-of-23 from the floor during both halves en route to a 47.6 shooting clip. The Tigers dished out 17 assists on their 22 field goals. LSU also amassed a 43-34 rebounding advantage and racked up a season’s best 11 blocked shots.

For Mickey, it was his team-leading sixth double-double of the season. He picked up nine of his 10 rebounds on the defensive end and totaled four of his six blocks during the second half. Over his last two games, Mickey has collected 13 total blocks.

Jarell Martin amassed 18 points and nine rebounds highlighted by a 7-for-8 effort at the free-throw line. He has secured double figures in all six games of LSU’s winning streak.

Keith Hornsby added 11 points, four rebounds and three assists. Off the bench, Jalyn Patterson turned in five points, four assists and three steals.

Charleston (5-7) was led by Anthony Stitt's 13 points followed by Canyon Barry’s 11 points and Donovan Gilmore’s 10 points, respectively. LSU's defense forced the Cougars into an 18-of-64 shooting clip.

The Tigers led wire-to-wire and fired out to a 12-3 advantage with 13:42 remaining after Mickey completed a traditional 3-point play. LSU drained four of its first seven shots. Conversely, the Tigers forced Charleston to misfire on 12 of its 14 field goal attempts.

Ahead 14-7 at the 10:48 mark, LSU ran off 14 of the next 16 points over the next 3:34. Patterson ignited the flurry with a triple from the top of the key and a floating layup. Martin sank a pair of buckets coupled with two free throws, while Mickey slammed home a two-handed dunk off a nice driving dish from Hornsby to make it 28-9 with 6:42 left.

Elbert Robinson III added a tipin as the buzzer sounded to extend the LSU lead to 35-15 heading into the locker room.

The Tigers kept their lead above the 20-point barrier for a majority of the second half. LSU knocked down 15 of its 22 field goals in the paint, and the Tigers held a healthy margin in bench points.

Brandon Eddlestone and Henry Shortess put the cherry on top with 3-pointers on consecutive possessions to cap the 71-47 victory.

LSU continues its three-game homestand to wrap up non-conference play next Monday versus Southern Miss. Tipoff is on-tap for 6 p.m. from the Maravich Center, and the game will be televised nationally by the SEC Network.