LSU men's basketball team projected as No. 9 or No. 11 seed in the NCAA tournament field _lowres

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU guard Keith Hornsby drives past Florida forward Jon Horford on Saturday at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

The LSU basketball team had to dig deep twice to turn back a depleted Florida team Saturday before coming out with a 70-63 victory on Saturday in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

LSU (19-8, 8-6 Southeastern Conference) got off to a 12-0 start against Florida (13-14, 6-8 SEC) and led by as many as 13 points in the first half and 16 in the second half before securing the victory.

It gave LSU a season sweep of Florida after the Tigers won 79-61 on Jan. 20 in Gainesville. This one was harder, however, even though the Gators played the game without their top two scorers: guard Michael Frazier II and forward Dorian Finney-Smith.

Frazier missed his fourth consecutive game with a high-ankle sprain and Finney-Smith sat out a second game in a row after being suspended on Wednesday by coach Billy Donovan for a violation of team rules.

LSU got a career-high 28 points from Jarell Martin and 14 from Jordan Mickey, while Keith Hornsby had 12. Martin also had 13 rebounds and Mickey had six rebounds and four blocked shots.

LSU will next play at Auburn at 6 p.m. Tuesday in a game to be televised by ESPNU.

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