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December 18, 2013

Rewind: LSU 71, Texas Tech 69

Anthony Hickey scored 16 points as LSU held on for a 71-69 victory against Texas Tech at United Spirit Arena in Lubbock on Wednesday night.

Texas Tech scored the first five points of the second half on two free throws by Jordan Tolbert and a 3-pointer by Toddrick Gotcher to tie the score at 44-44. LSU responded with an 11-3 run to take the lead for good. The Tigers scored on five of their six possessions during this stretch. Hickey made two baskets, one a 3-pointer. Johnny O'Bryant added four points on two free throws and a field goal. A basket by Jordan Mickey completed the run and gave LSU a 55-47 lead.

After losing an 11-point lead, LSU rebounded in the final 2 minutes to take a 44-39 advantage into halftime. Shavon Coleman snapped a 37-37 tie with a 3-pointer at the 2:19 mark. Following a pair of foul shots by Randy Onwuasor, Andre Stringer gave the Tigers another three-point lead with two free throws. Stringer, who scored 12 first-half points, made a field goal with seven seconds remaining.

A basket by O'Bryant put LSU in front 71-62 with 3:30 remaining in the game. However, the Tigers failed to score another point and needed two defensive stops to come away with the victory. LSU missed two shots and committed three turnovers on its last five possessions. Two baskets by Robert Turner sandwiched around a 3-pointer by Jaye Crockett left the Red Raiders behind by just two points at 71-69. First, Mickey blocked a shot by Turner with 47 seconds remaining. Then, Turner failed to connect on a 3-pointer with five seconds to play.

Hickey made six of his eight field goal attempts, including all four of his 3-point shots. Hickey's four 3-pointers matched his season high against Memphis. Hickey scored five points when LSU took an eight-point advantage early in the second half. He also sank a pair of treys while the Tigers were protecting their lead later in the second half. Hickey had four assists and two steals with no turnovers. The four assists gave Hickey 270 for his career. He passed Chris Bass to move into 12th place on the school rankings.

Coleman, who went back to the bench, had another big game with 13 points - ten coming in the first half. Coleman's only second-half points came on a 3-pointer which put LSU in front 69-61 with 4:18 remaining in the game. Coleman was 4-of-6 from the field, including 3-of-4 on 3-pointers. Coleman has now made 11 of his last 18 shots from behind the arc. He also had three rebounds, two assists, one steal and one blocked shot in 28 minutes.

O'Bryant bounced back from an unproductive night against Louisiana-Monroe to score 14 points against Texas Tech. O'Bryant was 5-of-9 from the field and 4-of-7 at the foul line. His field goal with 3:30 remaining in the game turned out to be the game-winning points.

LSU shot 52 percent from the field (25-of-48), including a season-high 47 percent on 3-pointers (9-of-19). Texas Tech shot just 36 percent from the field (16-of-44) even though it was 6-of-10 on treys. The Red Raiders had a huge advantage at the foul line where they made 31 of 39 attempts. By comparison, the Tigers were 12-of-18 at the free throw stripe. LSU was outrebounded 28-27 as O'Bryant had just one board in 28 minutes. Once again, the Tigers had more turnovers (18) than assists (15). LSU was called for 27 fouls - nine more than Texas Tech.

Jarell Martin returned to the starting lineup at small forward. The other starters were the same - Hickey, Stringer, O'Bryant and Mickey. . .Seven LSU players were whistled for two fouls in the first half. Hickey, O'Bryant, Mickey, Martin and Malik Morgan were on the bench at the end of the first half due to foul problems. . .Texas Tech made 20-of-25 free throws in the first half. LSU was 7-of-8 at the foul line before halftime. . .A 13-4 run enabled the Tigers to build a 29-18 first-half lead. Six players were responsible for the 13 points. Hickey was the only starter to score in that stretch. . .Stringer is now No. 34 on LSU's all-time scoring list with 1,081 points. He moved ahead of Joe Dean with his 12 points Wednesday. Stringer was 3-of-6 from the field, including 2-of-4 on 3-pointers. All of his points came in the first half. Stringer recorded four assists. . .Mickey was limited to 18 minutes due to foul trouble. He finished with five points and four rebounds. His only blocked shot came on a field goal attempt by Turner which could have tied the score in the final minute. . .Martin also played only 18 minutes due to fouls. He had just two points and three rebounds. . .John Odo turned in his best performance since the Northwestern State game more than a month ago. Playing a season-high 21 minutes, Odo contributed four points and six rebounds. . .Morgan had three points, two rebounds and two assists in 11 minutes. . .Tim Quarterman was on the floor for only five minutes. . .Coleman was responsible for four of LSU's 18 turnovers. Both O'Bryant and Martin had three turnovers. . .Crockett, the Red Raiders' top scorer entering the game, had 18 points - four more than his average. Turner had 12 points. Tolbert, who was averaging 12 points a game, had just four. Seven-footer Dejan Kravic had eight points and ten rebounds. . .LSU is 7-2, while Texas Tech is 7-4. The loss was the first at home this season for the Red Raiders. . .The paid attendance was 5,985.

Coach Johnny Jones

"The guys did a great job getting off to a good start. We got into foul trouble in the first half. I have to credit our bench for us having a lead going into halftime. We had to understand why Texas Tech was getting those calls in the first half. They were driving the ball. We had to do the same and get to the foul line."

"We have to do a better job closing people out. We give up a big dunk and they knock down a '3' in their 7-0 run. We have to do a better job executing and getting the shots we want at the end of the game. We also have to get to the free throw line at the end. At the end of the game, we fumbled the ball a couple of times. But, we got two big stops. That was a positive sign. At the end of the day, we hit enough shots."

LSU will play host to UAB on Saturday at the PMAC at 4 p.m. The Blazers (9-2), who beat North Carolina earlier this season, defeated Chattanooga 67-52 on Wednesday. The LSU-UAB game will be broadcast on CST.



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