Tigers dealt second loss in their last three games

Matt Dunaway
LSU's Brian Bridgewater. Photo by LSUsports.net.

Texas A&M scored seven of the last eight points during the final two minutes to upend the LSU men’s basketball team by a 68-62 margin on Tuesday evening at Reed Arena.

The victory enabled the Aggies (18-7, 9-4 SEC) to sweep the season series from LSU (18-8, 7-6 SEC) and move into sole possession of third place in the SEC standings. The Tigers remained in a fifth-place tie with Georgia in the SEC race.

Jarell Martin tallied nine of his team-leading 13 points during the second half. The sophomore forward was 5-of-6 from the floor and added six rebounds. However, Martin was limited to 24 minutes of action and played with foul trouble for a majority of the game.

Keith Hornsby secured all 11 of his points in the first half. He extended his run to nine consecutive games in double figures. Jalyn Patterson chipped in 10 points, while Tim Quarterman picked up nine points and distributed eight assists.

Off the bench, Brian Bridgewater provided a spark with a SEC career-best nine points and a career-high six rebounds. For Bridgewater, it was the second-highest scoring output of his career only behind a 16-point performance against McNeese State earlier this season. Josh Gray tacked on four points and four assists for the Tigers.

Jordan Mickey was limited to six points, four rebounds and two blocks. It ended a run of 11 straight games in double figures for Mickey. The two blocks did allow Mickey to reach 200 for his career.

Texas A&M was fueled by Danuel House's 20 points on 7-of-12 from the floor. Kourtney Roberson added 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Aggies.

With the score tied at 61-61 with 1:51 remaining, Roberson hit a driving layup and knocked down a foul shot for a traditional three-point play.

On LSU’s next possession, Martin split his free throws to bring LSU back to 64-62 with 1:20 left. Then, he drew a charge to get the ball back for the Tigers.

LSU was unable to connect on the game-tying shot as Patterson misfired on a 10-foot runner in the lane. After an A&M rebound, House knocked down two free throws with 20.4 seconds to go to place the Aggies ahead by two possessions.

Texas A&M added two more foul shots to close out the six-point win. The Tigers missed on 11 of their last 12 shot attempts during the closing six minutes.