Tight games, overtime and road wins have been the theme of SEC play.
LSU won another Saturday with a 79-75 victory against Vanderbilt in Nashville. That gives LSU wins in three of its four conference games to move to 4-2 in the SEC. It was also the Tigers' second overtime win in three attempts and LSU's third in games decided by four or fewer points.
Jordan Mickey led LSU in scoring with 25. Tim Quarterman had six in overtime, and Jarell Martin contributed a pair of free throws with less than five seconds left to seal the victory.
Quarterman's layup to start the extra period gave LSU its first lead since late in the first half, putting the Tigers ahead 71-69. Quarterman would have a hand in LSU's first eight points of overtime with two field goals, a pair of free throws and an assist.
LSU led for the entire overtime period but couldn't put Vanderbilt away until the final possession. The Commodores trailed by just two after Quarterman missed a pair of free throws with 19 seconds remaining. Vanderbilt could only get a contested layup Shelton Mitchell missed with its final meaningful possession. Martin sunk the ensuing two free throws to clinch the win.
The Tigers forced overtime after clawing back from a deficit they faced through most of the game. Vanderbilt led by as much as eight early in the first half as anyone other than Mickey struggled to find the basket. He had 10 points through the first eight minutes, but Martin went scoreless for more than 11.
LSU would tie it 59-59 at the 8:13 mark with a pair of threes by Jalyn Patterson and a Martin layup (his first points of the second half).
Vanderbilt regained its lead though and kept the Tigers at bay until they tied it 69-69 with 1:07 left in the game. Mickey made one of two free throws to even the game, his 25th and final point.
Each team got a possession after that, though neither managed much of a scoring threat. That sent the game to overtime, where LSU managed to hold on.
It was another costly game of turnovers though for the Tigers. LSU finished with 19, including eight committed by Martin. Patterson (10), Keith Hornsby (11) and Quarterman (12) joined Mickey and Martin (19) in double digits. All five played at least 33 minutes.
LSU returns to the PMAC on Wednesday and will face South Carolina at 6 p.m.
LSU beats Vanderbilt in OT, 79-75
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