LUBBOCK, Texas – Anthony Hickey poured in 11 of his team-leading 16 points during the second half, and the LSU men’s basketball team fended off a late Texas Tech rally to claim a 71-69 win Wednesday at United Spirit Arena.
With the victory, LSU (7-2) has won 16 of its 20 non-conference games under second-year coach Johnny Jones. The Tigers led wire-to-wire and were playing their first true road game since the season opener at UMass. It also marked LSU’s first meeting with Texas Tech since the 1959-60 campaign.
The Red Raiders (7-4) scored the final seven points of the contest and had an opportunity to win at the buzzer. However, Robert Turner’s three-pointer from the right wing bounced off the back iron as time expired.
For Hickey, he was one of four Tigers to secure double figures and buried 6-of-8 from the floor which included all four of his three-point attempts. The junior guard also dished out four assists against zero turnovers and added two steals. Hickey’s four assists vaulted him past Bernard Woodside (1985-88) and Chris Bass (2008-12) into 11th place on the program’s all-time rankings.
Shavon Coleman tacked on 13 points over his season-high best 28 minutes of action off the bench. The 13 points also were Coleman’s second-highest scoring output on the season.
After being limited a season-low four points during the Louisiana-Monroe game, Johnny O’Bryant III responded with 14 points. He was 5-of-9 shooting and teamed with Hickey for 21 of LSU’s 27 points during the second half.
|Next: vs. UAB (9-2)|
|Date||Sat., Dec. 21|
|Time||4 p.m. CT|
|TV||CST | Geaux Zone|
|Radio||98.1 FM | Affiliates | Listen|
|Leader||Chad Frazier, JR Guard
Stats 18.8 ppg., 38.3% 3-Pt.
|Last Meeting||March 17, 2005, in Boise
NCAA1st Rd. UAB 82, LSU 68
Andre Stringer came away with 12 points and four assists. The 12 points enabled Stringer to move past Jerry Reynolds (1982-85) and Joe Dean (1949-52) into 33rd place on LSU’s all-time scoring list.
Jordan Mickey, the reigning SEC Freshman of the Week, was held to five points and six rebounds after playing with foul trouble. It marked the first time in his career that Mickey was held under 10 points.
The Tigers received a solid effort from John Odo, who chipped in four points and six rebounds over his season’s beset 21 minutes of action.
LSU was 25-of-48 shooting which included a 9-for-19 effort from three-point territory. The Tigers also logged a 12-for-18 performance at the free throw line. It marked the fourth time that LSU has shot over 50 percent on the season.
Texas Tech was limited to a 16-of-44 field goal clip but connected for 6-of-10 from three-point range. The Red Raiders benefited from a 31-for-39 effort at the foul line.
LSU raced out to an 11-3 advantage at the 17:58 mark of the first half aided by a trio of three-pointers courtesy of Stringer and Hickey.
Texas Tech pulled back to 16-14 with 13:42 remaining before the Tigers ripped off 13 of the next 17 points over the next 3:57. Coleman ignited the spurt with a three-pointer from the left baseline. In total, LSU received baskets from seven players during the run and grabbed a 29-18 edge with 9:20 left.
The Red Raiders used 14 free throws to draw back to 44-39 at halftime and knotted the score at 44-44 during the first 73 seconds of the second stanza.
LSU turned to Hickey who rattled in a three-ball and converted a lay-up off a steal to regain a 51-44 advantage with 16:37 on the clock.
Texas Tech pulled back to 64-61 at the 6:54 mark before O’Bryant III converted on a hook shot and a layup sandwiched between a Coleman three-pointer to make it 71-62 with 3:28 to go.
The Red Raiders pieced together a final push with seven straight points and had two opportunities to tie the score down 71-69. Mickey blocked a Turner layup attempt with 47 seconds left. After a LSU turnover, Turner drove the length of the court and misfired on a three-pointer at the buzzer.
Texas Tech was paced by Jaye Crockett’s 18 points.
LSU wraps up non-conference action with three consecutive Saturday home games starting with UAB. Tip time is scheduled for 4 p.m. from the Maravich Center, and the game will carried by Cox Sports Television and streamed live in the Geaux Zone at www.LSUsports.net/live.
The LSU Sports Radio Network will broadcast the game on Eagle 98.1 FM in the Baton Rouge and inside the Geaux Zone at LSUsports.net/live. Jim Hawthorne, Ricky Blanton and Kevin Ford will call the action.
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