Gray out, Epps starts versus Cougars

The Tigers went with a new starting five Monday night versus the College of Charleston. TSD has the latest news straight from the PMAC inside.

In the process of earning its sixth straight win, tying the longest streak under head coach Johnny Jones, LSU (9-2) shuffled the starting lineup yet again and routed the College of Charleston (5-6) by the final of 71-47.

Here was the first five for the Tigers:

Tim Quarterman
Keith Hornsby
Aaron Epps
Jordan Mickey
John Odo

Quarterman made his second straight start for Josh Gray at point guard. Gray, who was in the building but not dressed out, missed another game to a sprained right ankle suffered in a win over Sam Houston State on Dec. 13.

Head coach Johnny Jones confirmed after the game that Gray, not yet 100 percent but close, will return for LSU's next game on Dec. 29 at home versus Southern Mississippi.

The bigger surprise, though, was Epps.

Making his first career start, the freshman from Tioga High School was in the spot normally reserved for Jarell Martin, LSU's leading scorer and second leading rebounder.

An LSU official suggested pregame that Martin was not in the starting lineup because he missed shootaround, something that was due to a car accident.

Martin corroborated that following the game and his 18-point, nine-rebound outburst.

The Tigers project to be at full strength when they return from Christmas break.

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