LSU hoops beats Savannah State 75-59, ends non conference season on 8 game win streak
Baton Rouge, La. (AP) - Jarell Martin matched his career-high with 26 points and LSU extended its winning streak to eight games with a 75-59 victory against Savannah State in a non-conference contest Saturday.
Martin eclipsed the 20-point mark in a game for the fifth time this season. He scored at least 20 points in consecutive games for the first time in his two-year career, making 10 of his 15 field goal attempts against Savannah State.
Jordan Mickey registered his eighth double-double of the season for LSU (11-2) with 24 points and 14 rebounds. Mickey has posted double-doubles in three straight games.
Tim Quarterman was the only other player to score in double figures for LSU with 13 points. After missing 15 of its first 20 field goal attempts, LSU shot 70 percent from the field (28 of 40).
Terel Hall and Alante Fenner scored 15 apiece for Savannah State (3-10) and Saadiq Muhammad added 10.
LSU, who has led at halftime in just six of its previous 12 games, trailed by as many as 10 points in the first half and didn't take its first lead until Martin converted a three-point play with 3:40 remaining. Two more field goals by Martin bracketing a basket by Mickey gave LSU its largest first-half lead at 27-20, and LSU led 31-25 at halftime.
Savannah State stayed within striking distance in the first four minutes of the second half. LSU never led by more than eight points until Martin knocked down a 3-pointer with 15:35 remaining, putting LSU up 42-31.
A 3-pointer by Quarterman gave LSU a 12-point advantage at 65-53 with 6:11 to play, and Savannah State came no closer.
LSU: LSU's 11-2 pre-Southeastern Conference record is its best in six seasons. LSU was 12-2 heading into its SEC schedule in the 2008-09 season - Trent Johnson's first as coach.
Savannah State: Savannah State is 0-5 against Power 5 conference teams this season. However, Savannah State had its best offensive game against LSU with 59 points. Savannah State had averaged 42 points in losses to Louisville, Indiana, Miami and Kansas State.
LSU will play at Missouri in its SEC opener Thursday.
Savannah State will play host to Allen University on Tuesday.