LSU tops USM 87-67

Jarell Martin's 24 points helped LSU to its seventh straight victory Monday night. Point guard Josh Gray also returned to the starting lineup versus the Eagles.

LSU (10-2) rattled off its seventh consecutive win Monday night, thrashing Southern Mississippi (5-6) in the PMAC by the final score of 87-67.

The Tigers started the game off ice cold, missing their first nine shots, but rebounded nicely to take a 49-33 lead over the Eagles into the half.

Jarell Martin again led the team in scoring, pouring in 24 points on 10-of-15 shooting to go with nine rebounds and four assists.

Posting double-doubles for the purple and gold were Jordan Mickey (14 points, 10 rebounds and six blocks) and Tim Quarterman (12 points, 14 rebounds and six assists).

Quarterman returned to his role coming off the bench as junior point guard Josh Gray (ankle) was back in the starting lineup after missing two games.

Gray showed rust, scoring just six points on 2-of-9 shooting, 0-of-4 from deep, but he did total four dimes and two steals.

"We moved the ball well. What our post guys were able to do, they weren’t trying to force the action," coach Johnny Jones said following the game. "They were poised under pressure, which is really important. We were able to hit cutters going under the basket."

Senior guard Chip Armelin paced visiting USM with a game-high 28 points. The Sulphur native connected on 6-of-8 attempts from beyond the arc.

The Tigers cap off non-conference play at home Saturday night when Savannah State comes to town.

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