BASKETBALL

LSU crushes Southern Miss to improve to 10-2

Kent Lowe
LSU's Jordan Mickey. Photo by LSUsports.net.

The LSU men’s basketball team equaled its longest winning streak since December 2011 when it came back strongly from an 8-1 deficit that saw the Tigers miss their first nine field goal attempts and win going away Monday night at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center, 87-67, over Southern Mississippi.

The win puts LSU at 10-2 on the season and undefeated since the team returned prior to Thanksgiving from the Paradise Jam in the U.S. Virgin Islands. The Tigers will play their final non-conference game on Saturday night at 6 p.m. at home against Savannah State.

The Tigers were so close to putting what may have been a school record first of three players with double-doubles as Jordan Mickey posted his seventh of the season and 16th for his career with 14 points and 10 rebounds, while Tim Quarterman had his first at 12 points and 14 rebounds to go with six assists. Jarell Martin led the Tigers in scoring with 24 points and just missed a double up with nine boards.

Mickey also had six blocks on the evening and the league leader in block average has had 19 blocks in the last three games.

LSU junior Josh Gray returned to the starting lineup for the Tigers after missing the two games prior to Christmas with a sprained ankle suffered in the Sam Houston State game on Dec. 13. Gray played 27 minutes and had six points, four assists and two turnovers. Quarterman off the bench again played over 30 minutes (33) for the 11th straight game of the season.

The Tigers had over 50 points in the paint for the third time this season (54) and 24 points off 15 USM turnovers.

Southern Miss (5-6), losers for the third straight game, got 28 points from Chip Armelin of Sulphur, to lead the Golden Eagles. Matt Bingaya added 13 points and Davon Hayes 11.

LSU nearly shot 50 percent for the game from the field despite the 0-for-9 shooting in the opening four minutes. LSU posted 17-of-33 for 51.5 percent in the second half and 35-of-71 for the game (49.3 percent). LSU was 6-of-19 from the arc (31.6 percent). Southern Miss shot 23-of-57 overall 40.4 percent and 9-of-25 from the arc (36 percent).