Southern Miss jumped out to an 8-1 advantage by scoring two transition three-point field goals. LSU called a timeout 1:19 into the game to slow down the fast paced offense of the Eagles. After the timeout LSU went back to their original game plan which was scoring the majority of their points inside the paint. LSU dominated the paint by scoring 54 points inside as well as 24 points off 15 USM turnovers. On top of dominating the paint, LSU out-rebounded the Eagles 46-28.
The Tigers were led by their two star sophomore’s Jarell Martin and Jordan Mickey. Martin utilized his size and speed throughout the whole game. He attacked the basket continuously finishing with 24 points and pulling in nine rebounds. Martin had a great night showing off his speed by converting on a couple highlight real dunks. He continued to struggle from the free throw line shooting 3-for-7. Mickey had a strong game finishing with 14 points and 10 rebounds. He ended up scoring the majority of his points in the paint and at the free throw line. Mickey also added six blocked shots on the defensive side of the ball.
Southern Miss’s leader, senior guard Chip Armelin scored 28 points and grabbed six rebounds. He went 6-for-8 from the three point line. The Eagles tried double teaming both Martin and Mickey inside the paint but wasn’t enough to beat the 10-2 Tigers.
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