Martin shook off wreck to post big numbers

From getting in an off-campus wreck to coming off the bench to tearing through the College of Charleston, it was a busy Monday before Christmas for Jarell Martin.

For the first time this season sophomore forward Jarell Martin, LSU's leading scorer and second leading rebounder, came off the bench.

The reason wasn't exactly clear pregame why freshman Aaron Epps started in place of Martin, but after the Tigers' 71-47 drubbing of College of Charleston, Martin set the record straight.

"I got into a car accident today early before pregame practice. Someone ran into me, and I wasn't able to make pregame," Martin told reporters. "Coach wanted someone to come off the bench that was more focused and stuff. He knew I had some things going on. He understood things from my viewpoint, so he wanted me to come off the bench, get out there and be with the team.

"I'm good."

He certainly looked it, pouring in an ultra-efficient 18 points, nine rebounds, three assists and two blocks in only 26 minutes of action.

Martin may not have played the opening four minutes and seven seconds, but he made the Cougars pay once he did enter the ballgame.

His head coach was certainly impressed.

"Because he wasn't there for our game prep, we brought him off of the bench tonight. It was nothing major," Johnny Jones explained. "The true champ that he is, I thought he did an excellent job of being focused coming off the bench and having a great game and a great mindset. I think that says a lot about him and his character and the way we believe and trust in this team."

Check out the rest of what Martin had to say in the postgame video interview below.



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