LSU hoops overcomes rust, injury to beat Sam Houston State 76-67
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Jordan Mickey scored 21 points and collected a career-high 15 rebounds as LSU defeated Sam Houston State 76-67 on Saturday.
It was the first game for LSU in 9 days after taking time off for finals, and the rust showed as the Bearkats took an early first half lead.
Mickey, who was 9-of-21 from the field, was one of four players to score in double figures for the Tigers (7-2). Keith Hornsby finished with 16 points, while Jarell Martin had 14 and Tim Quarterman had 11.
The Tigers had to improvise as starting point guard Josh Gray was injured early in the 2nd half as he rolled his ankle and sat the rest of the game. The other Tiger guards managed to pick up the slack.
Sam Houston, which trailed by as few as four points with less than two minutes to play, was led by Jabari Peters' season-high 15 points. Paul Baxter had 11 points, while both Kaheem Ransom and Michael Holyfield had 10 points for the Bearkats (5-4).
Mickey carried LSU to its 34-31 halftime lead. He had a first-half double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds and scored eight of the Tigers' final 11 points. His three-point play put LSU on top 27-26 with 3:52 remaining before halftime.