Fresh off two of the biggest games of his career, LSU guard Tim Quarterman was named Monday the NCAA.com men’s player of the week for his efforts against Missouri and Georgia.
Quarterman, a 6-foot-6 sophomore, scored a game- and career-high 27 points in an 87-84 double-overtime win against Georgia on Saturday night. He added five rebounds, five assists, three steals and three blocks to key the Tigers’ first Southeastern Conference victory.
“It’s special. ... It’s everybody in college, so it’s a big accomplishment,” Quarterman said. “But it doesn’t just go to me, it goes to my teammates for supporting me and having faith and confidence in me, and my coaching staff. Most of all, it goes to my family. It’s a blessing.”
Quarterman was responsible for getting the game to a second overtime when, with his team trailing 80-74, he scored six points in the final 37.7 seconds of the first extra period.
He made a 3-point basket, then, on the next possession, drove to the basket for a layup and was fouled on the play. Quarterman converted the free throw to complete the three-point play with 18.3 seconds remaining before Georgia missed a last-second shot to set up a second overtime.
Quarterman was 6-of-10 on 3-point field-goal attempts Saturday night, which equals the most made in a game by an individual player this season in the SEC. His scoring outburst raised his average a full point to 12.7 points per game.
Quarterman opened the week with a team-high 19 points in a 74-67 overtime loss at Missouri on Thursday night.
Victor suits up
LSU coach Johnny Jones said 6-9 power forward Craig Victor, a transfer from Arizona, was scheduled to practice with his new teammates for the first time Monday.
Victor, who left the Arizona program a week ago, sent in his required paperwork to LSU on Friday morning, and Jones said he has been admitted to school for the spring semester that begins Wednesday.
While Victor can practice with the team, the New Orleans native won’t be eligible to play in a game until the fall semester is completed in mid-December.
“Practice will be much more challenging today,” Jones said in announcing that Victor was ready to go. “He’ll be on the floor with us. It’s a good challenge for us and will raise the level of competition out there.”
The SEC Network is showcasing the epic basketball game between LSU and Loyola-Marymount this week with the 25th anniversary of the Tigers’ 148-141 overtime win just three weeks away.
Remaining air dates for the replay of the Feb. 3, 1990, game in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center between 14th-ranked LSU and 20th-ranked Loyola-Marymount are at noon Tuesday, 9 a.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday.
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