The LSU Tigers got a boost in strength of schedule and RPI Saturday night for three reasons. The first reason was West Virginia came from behind to beat TCU at the buzzer. The second was Texas Tech upset the ninth ranked Iowa State Cyclones. The third came from the Tigers themselves as they closed the door against the Vanderbilt Commodores in overtime.
Except for Jordan Mickey and Jarell Martin, the Tigers struggled offensively to begin the game. The tandem scored 17 of the team’s first 19 points. With 7:51 to go before half, LSU was up 19-18. Vanderbilt went on a run knocking down consecutive buckets from beyond the arc to go up 31-25 with 2:20 to go in the first half.
At that point the rest of the Tiger offensive unit got involved. Keith Hornsby and Jalyn Patterson did what they have become accustomed to do which is knocking down three point baskets. Tim Quarterman also did what he has become accustomed to do which is providing solid play off the bench.
The Tigers and Commodores went back-and-forth all night sending the game to overtime. The Tigers got the scoring started in the extra period to lead 71-69. Martin with 17 points on the night put LSU up 73-69. Vandy tied it at 73 before Quarterman gave the Tigers the lead for good. Martin added both foul shots to ice the 79-75 win.
Mickey went on to lead all Tiger scorers with 25 points and 11 rebounds as Martin added 19 points and 12 rebounds. Leading scorers for the Commodores were seven foot tall Luke Kornet with 22 points and six rebounds and Wade Baldwin, IV, with a career high 18 points.
Next up for LSU is the South Carolina Gamecocks Wednesday night at home in the Deaf Dome. The Tigers in the game will look to extend their conference winning streak to three games.