LSU in its gold uniforms did a solid job of hanging with Mr. Cooper and the rest of the Tide Saturday afternoon for a 71-60 win. The Tigers, coming off of a two game skid, seemed to put all aspects of the game together on the afternoon. However like the mighty Achilles whose only vulnerable spot was his heel, the Tigers’ only vulnerable spot was their free throw percentage. The team seemed to hover around 50 precent most of the night. That was until Tim Quarterman scored four points all on free throw attempts to ice the win.
Jalyn Patterson got the start and provided the first basket for the Tigers. He later headed to the line at the 17:07 mark for two shots. He made them both to put the Tigers up 8-2. Jarell Martin and Jordan Mickey each then scored a basket, and at the official timeout at the 14:29 mark the Tigers were up 12-7.
Bruce Hornsby would later go on to hit a couple of three pointers to go up 24-11. Mickey then got an offensive rebound and was fouled as he made the basket. LSU was up 28-13 heading into a time out at the 6:40 mark. Mickey then headed to the line for a foul shot which was good. As the first half buzzer sounded, the score was 30-20 in the favor of LSU.
The lead for the Tigers remained in double digits until Bama connected on both foul shots to cut the deficit within eight points at 49-41. Bama drained a 3 pointer to roll within 4 points. A timeout was taken on the court with 9:25 to go and with LSU up 49-45. Levi Randolph was credited with the steal and the basket to get the Tide within 2 points. Martin answered with a big three pointer to go up 51-47.
The Tigers with that trey seized control of the game and never let go the rest of the night. As for Bama the night ended with Randolph trading places with somebody off the bench as he fouled out.
The Tigers now face the vaunted Kentucky Wildcats Tuesday night in the PMAC. LSU issued the following advisory during the Bama game… Advanced ticket sales are currently sold out for Tuesday’s LSU-Kentucky basketball game. Further information on the game will be available through lsusports.net and media outlets Monday afternoon. LSU students are reminded that their section remains free admission with valid ID on game night, but students are reminded there are a limited number of seats available on a first-come, first served basis.