Frosh lead LSU past Mississippi State, 92-81
(AP) — Coming off back-to-back losses on the road, LSU certainly needed to get off to a quick start against a slumping Mississippi State team Wednesday.
The Tigers didn’t disappoint coach Johnny Jones as they scored the first 14 points of the game en route to a 92-81 victory against the Bulldogs.
LSU (16-9, 7-6 Southeastern Conference), which never trailed, continued its stellar play at home. The Tigers have won six consecutive conference home games. Meanwhile, Mississippi State (13-13, 3-10) saw its losing streak reach eight games.
“We got off to a really good start, one that we needed,” Jones said. “We played well on the offensive end making plays and executing, getting stops and deflections defensively, rebounding the ball and getting out on our break. We did that to perfection early on.”
Anthony Hickey started the quick LSU outburst with a 3-pointer on its initial possession. Johnny O’Bryant sank a pair of free throws before Shavon Coleman made a basket. A three-point play by Jordan Mickey gave the Tigers a double-digit lead less than two minutes into the game.
Jarell Martin made a pair of foul shots before an O’Bryant field goal capped the 14-0 run. Mississippi State’s first point came on a Fred Thomas foul shot at the 16-minute mark. The Bulldogs missed three field goal attempts and committed five turnovers in the opening four minutes.
Martin and Mickey, two freshman starters, combined for 39 points. Martin, who was 8-of-11 from the field, scored a season-high 20 points. He also grabbed eight rebounds, which matched his highest total in a SEC game. Mickey, who made a season-high 11 foul shots, finished with 19 points.
“We were just talking on the defensive end of the floor and executing on offense at the start of the game,” Mickey said. “We got some easy baskets and did a great job of communicating amongst ourselves. It was good for us to get off to that type of start. It’s something we have to continue to do.”
Three other players scored in double figures for LSU. Coleman scored 18 points, while Andre Stringer had 14 and Hickey 13. The 92 points were a season-high for the Tigers, who had not scored 90 points in a SEC non-overtime game in nine seasons.