LSU (8-2) put together a strong second half effort on the road to beat UAB (4-7) by the final score of 79-70 on Thursday night, extending the team's winning streak to five games.
The Tigers trailed 39-33 at the break after the Blazers got off to a hot start from deep, but Johnny Jones' troops switched to zone defense and found their way in the second 20 minutes.
In fact LSU, which at one point trailed by 11 in the first period, scored the first six points of the second half to knot the score and held the momentum for the remainder of the ballgame.
Jarell Martin poured in a game-high 25 points on 10-of-15 shooting while running mate Keith Hornsby notched a career-high with 24 points, including a 6-of-6 mark from the charity stripe.
Both players came up big in the absence of starting point guard Josh Gray, who sat out the game with a sprained ankle.
Tim Quarterman (six points, five rebounds and eight assists) got the start in place of Gray, and freshman Jalyn Patterson was ultimately the beneficiary of additional playing time, rattling off 11 points, three assists and three steals in 33 minutes.
Jordan Mickey reverted to his form from a year ago, tying a career-high with seven blocks to go along with 13 points and eight rebounds.
"It's very important," Martin said in a televised postgame interview. "Mick's the guy that gets us going on the defensive end with blocked shots. We need that, someone that can defend the paint."
Robert Brown led the way for UAB with 20 points and five assists while talented freshman William Lee scored 13 points and blocked three shots.
LSU is back in action Monday night at home versus College of Charleston.
LSU survives at UAB 79-70
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