The LSU Tigers will look to rebound today in their second game of the Paradise Jam after suffering the fate of those in John Milton’s Paradise Lost. It was a recurring theme against Old Dominion with an early lead before falling in a double-digit hole in the second half, ultimately falling 70-61.
LSU was ahead by a 28-17 score in the first half, but was trailing by 10-points with 11:29 remaining in the game. At that point the team led by Keith Hornsby and Jarell Martin started to claw their way out of another hole much like against Texas Tech, with Hornsby and Martin collectively scoring 12 points as the Tigers tied the game at 55 with just over six minutes remaining.
Tim Quarterman also helped spark the comeback off the bench with eight points and six rebounds. Martin added his third double-double of the season with 17 points and 11 rebounds.
The Tigers today face off against the Weber State Wildcats (1-2) of the Big Sky Conference. The Cats dropped the opening game of the season to Utah State and defeated Presentation in their home opener before losing to Illinois State in the Paradise Jam.
The team is led by junior forward/center Joel Bolomboy who matched his career high in points with 20 in the loss to ISU. The vast majority of his points came from the free throw line as he went 14 of 15. He also collected nine rebounds in the game. Other players to watch for the Cats are sophomore guards Richaud Gittens and Jeremy Senglin who scored 12 points and 10 points respectively last night. Weber State as a team shot 18 for 42 from the field and 3 for 12 from beyond the arc and added 25 points from the free throw line.
Head coach Randy Rahe of Weber State gave they key he's looking for the game last night. He said, "We have to learn to fight harder in the first half." Now if the Tigers can just find a way to put two together.
They fight the Tigers today in a consolation game at 4:00 p.m. CST. The game can be heard on the airwaves of Eagle 98.1 and will be covered by social media outlets including this one.