LSU overcomes slow start to handle Sam Houston State _lowres

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER McCLELLAND -- LSU's Jarell Martin puts up a shot against Sam Houston on Dec. 13, 2014 at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center. Martin has scored in double figures the past six games, corresponding to the Tigers' six-game winning streak.

Like his team, LSU sophomore forward Jarell Martin is on a roll as the Tigers head into their final two nonconference games before the start of Southeastern Conference men’s basketball play.

Martin, a former Madison Prep star, has scored in double digits six games in a row, which coincides with LSU’s six-game winning streak going into Monday night’s game with Southern Miss in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

It’s the longest double-digit scoring streak for an LSU player this season.

Martin leads the team in scoring at 16.9 points per game and was second in the SEC through games of Dec. 23. He’s averaging 18.8 points a game during the six-game stretch with games of 26 (vs. McNeese State) and 25 (at Alabama-Birmingham).

The only time Martin didn’t score at least 10 points in a game this season was in a 64-61 loss to Clemson at the Paradise Jam on Nov. 24. He scored just seven points after getting into foul trouble and playing just 22 minutes.

Getting to 10?

The Tigers are 9-2 for the third year in a row since Johnny Jones was hired as coach before the 2012-13 season. LSU can achieve its first 10-2 start under him with a win Monday night against Southern Miss.

LSU was denied a 10-2 start the past two seasons, dropping a 68-63 decision to Auburn in Jones’ first season and falling to Rhode Island 74-70 last year.

Extending the streak

A win against Southern Miss would extend LSU’s winning streak to seven games, which would be the longest since Jones took over.

The Tigers, who haven’t lost since a 64-61 setback against Clemson on Nov. 24 at the Paradise Jam, matched the six-game winning streak Jones had in his first season with a 71-47 victory against College of Charleston last Monday night.

Food Bank benefit

Fans can purchase discounted $2 tickets to Monday’s game by presenting a nonperishable canned food item to benefit the Baton Rouge Food Bank.

Canned goods can be brought to the upper concourse ticket windows at the Maravich Center starting at 4:30 p.m. for the 6 p.m. tipoff.

No radio show

Because of the holidays, Jones will not have his Monday night radio show this week.

The radio show will resume Monday, Jan. 5, just three days before his team begins the SEC portion of its schedule at Missouri.

-- Follow Sheldon Mickles on Twitter @MicklesAdvocate.