LSU (16-4, 5-2) somehow gutted out a 64-58 win over a game South Carolina (10-9, 1-6) squad Wednesday night in the PMAC.
The Tigers, playing without freshman guard Jalyn Patterson, had their struggles without a full deck. They lost the battle of the boards 40-32 to the Gamecocks and were trailing 56-52 with 4:34 to play when Michael Carrera hit a three-pointer.
But LSU showed resolve and finished the game on a 12-2 run from that point, buoyed by six points from starting point guard Josh Gray during that stretch. The junior transfer had a bounce-back performance, finishing with seven clutch points, three rebounds and three assists in 32 minutes.
"I thought he played with a big heart tonight and played extremely confident," commented head coach Johnny Jones. "Where he was most effective is in the pressure he was able to put on their point guard. He was able to disrupt what they were doing defensively."
LSU was paced by 15 points from Keith Hornsby, who also had an enormous block late to seal the win, and 14 points from Jordan Mickey.
Also impressive were the block totals: Mickey finished with six (and in the process took over sole possession of second all-time on LSU's shot-blocking list, getting to 177 rejections and passing Chris Johnson's total), Jarell Martin had six and the Tigers' as a whole registered 13 blocks counting Hornsby's timely swat.
Click on the links below for more postgame video reaction from the players and updates on Patterson and fellow freshman Elbert Robinson III, who also sat out tonight's ballgame.
LSU outlasts South Carolina 64-58
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