LSU rallies for 64-58 win over South Carolina
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - LSU held South Carolina to one basket over the final four minutes and rallied for a 64-58 Southeastern Conference victory Wednesday night.
In a second half in which both teams had mini-runs, five consecutive points by Michael Carrera put South Carolina ahead 56-52 with 4:33 remaining in the game. Josh Gray came back with five straight points to give LSU a 57-56 lead at the two-minute mark.
Tyrone Johnson made a layup to give the lead back to the Gamecocks at 58-57 with 1:39 to play. A dunk by Jarell Martin off a pass from Tim Quarterman put the Tigers in the lead for good at 59-58 with 1:10 remaining.
The Gamecocks had two opportunities to take the lead in the last 35 seconds, but had shots blocked. Jordan Mickey blocked an attempt by Johnson and Keith Hornsby got a piece of a shot by Marcus Stroman.
Gray then made the first of two foul shots. Mickey rebounded the missed free throw and was fouled. Mickey sank two free throws to give LSU a 62-58 lead with 19 seconds to go. Mickey blocked two more shots in the final seconds.
Quarterman led LSU (16-4, 5-2) with 16 points. Hornsby added 15 points, while Mickey had 14 points and six blocked shots. Martin, who also blocked six shots, had a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds.
Duane Notice was the leading scorer for the Gamecocks (10-9, 1-6) with 12 points. Sindarius Thornwell had 11 points and nine rebounds, while Johnson contributed 10 points.