Long after Monday night’s game against the College of Charleston was over, LSU sophomore forward Jordan Mickey was still the talk of his team’s 71-47 victory in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.
College of Charleston managed to make just 28.1 percent of its shots, connecting on 18 of 64 attempts, and the 6-foot-8 Mickey was largely responsible for that. He had six blocks — just one off his career high — to go with 15 points and 10 rebounds in 27 minutes.
Four of his six blocks came in a 43-second span of the second half. Mickey swatted away shots by Joe Chealey, Canyon Barry and Glen Pierre Jr. on one possession, then rejected Cameron Johnson on Charleston’s subsequent trip down the floor.
“That was unbelievable,” LSU guard Keith Hornsby said. “That was a prime example of what Jordan can do.”
Mickey wowed the PMAC crowd of about 4,500, who counted “1, 2, 3” when the three-block sequence was shown on the video boards.
“He had three fouls, but I thought those four blocks — the players and the crowd really had an opportunity to feed off it,” coach Johnny Jones said of Mickey, who led the Southeastern Conference last season at 3.1 blocks per game. “Jordan really impacted the game on both ends of the floor.”
About the time he was involved in a minor car accident Monday afternoon, LSU forward Jarell Martin was named a co-winner of the Louisiana Sports Writers Association’s player of the week award.
Martin, a 6-foot-10 sophomore from Madison Prep, was honored along with Louisiana-Monroe forward Tylor Ongwae after they combined for three 25-point performances.
Martin, who wasn’t hurt in Monday’s fender bender, scored 25 points to rally his team to a 79-70 win at UAB on Thursday. He was 10-of-15 from the field with a pair of 3-pointers, helping him to his ninth double-digit scoring game in 10 outings. He also had six rebounds and a steal.
For the third consecutive year since Jones returned to his alma mater, the Tigers are off to a 9-2 start.
Jones’ team reached that mark again Monday when his team crushed College of Charleston, which was never in the game after LSU rolled to a double-digit lead at 17-7 with 10:16 left in the first half.
It was the sixth consecutive victory for LSU, which matches the program’s longest winning streak since Jones was hired in 2012. The Tigers started Jones’ first campaign in 2012-13 with six wins in a row before falling to Boise State.
Going for seven
LSU is in the midst of its Christmas holiday after Jones sent the players on their way following Monday’s game.
The Tigers return to campus Friday afternoon to being preparing for their next game, at 6 p.m. Monday against Southern Miss in the PMAC. A win would give LSU, which hasn’t lost since dropping a 64-61 decision to Clemson in the final game of the Paradise Jam on Nov. 24, its longest winning streak under Jones.
The USM contest will be LSU’s second-to-last nonconference game — the Tigers host Savannah State on Jan. 3 — before opening SEC play Jan. 8 at Missouri.
Gray may return
Jones said junior point guard Josh Gray, who has been sidelined for two games with a sprained right ankle that he suffered Dec. 13 against Sam Houston State, may be ready for the Southern Miss game.
Jones noted that Gray might have dressed out Monday and possibly could have played if it had been an SEC game.
“I think he’s really close,” Jones said. “Coming back from Christmas, it’ll give him ample time to get ready. He did some running (Monday) at pregame.”
LSU isn’t receiving enough votes to crack the top 25 in the AP and coaches polls, but the Tigers are in the top 20 in the Ratings Percentage Index that’s updated daily by the NCAA.
LSU was 19th Tuesday following its blowout of College of Charleston. The Tigers’ RPI ranks second among SEC schools, with only No. 1 Kentucky ahead of them. Arkansas is right behind LSU at No. 20.
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