LSU pulled away from Texas Tech in overtime to hang on for a 69-64 victory Tuesday night in the PMAC.
The Tigers struggled late at the foul line, making just four of their final 10 free throw attempts, but the defense held Tech to only one field goal on its final 12 shots from the field. LSU led by only three with 17 seconds remaining but forced turnovers on two of Tech’s last three possessions.
The Tigers sank two last free throws to put the game away.
LSU moves to 2-0 on the season in advance of the Paradise Jam this weekend in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
LSU had to cut a four-point deficit in the final minute of regulation to force the extra period. Down 59-55 after a pair of Tech free throws, Josh Gray brought the Tigers back within a score after sinking two from the line.
LSU brought the pressure on the ensuing inbound attempt, with Gray cornering Randy Onwuasor. He gave away an easy turnover to Tim Quarterman under the basket, and he put in the layup to tie it with only 13 ticks left on the clock.
Robert Turner’s three-pointer at the buzzer bounced off the rim sending the game to overtime with the game tied 59-59.
The Tigers were a bit lucky their woeful shooting in the closing minutes didn’t cost them. LSU took a 53-52 lead with 6:34 to go in the game. The Tigers didn’t get another point for nearly six minutes until Gray’s layup with 43 seconds left.
LSU went on an 0-for-8 stretch from the field during that drought, but the defense limited Tech enough so that the Red Raiders were only up four by the time LSU found the basket again.
After shooting 48 percent in the first half, Tech struggled mightily from the field. The Red Raiders shot just 23 percent after halftime.
LSU wasn’t immune from those shooting woes though. The Tigers didn’t make a three pointer until 8:29 remained in regulation, an 0-for-12 skid. Keith Hornsby’s three did provide LSU with a spark. He nailed one more three pointer Jarell Martin came up with a steal at midcourt.
He took it the rest of the way and dunked with authority to cut an LSU deficit that was once 12 to only one. Martin got another dunk on the next possession to put LSU ahead 53-52 with 6:34 to go before that second half scoring drought began.
Jordan Mickey led LSU statistically with a double-double. He had a team-high 18 points and 14 rebounds with three blocks. Martin chipped in 17 points and 12 boards. Hornsby and Gray accounted for 12 and 14 points, respectively.
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LSU beats Texas Tech in overtime, 69-64
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