Quarterman's Triple-Double Sparks LSU Comeback
BATON ROUGE – Tim Quarterman piled up 18 points, 10 rebounds and a career-high 10 assists to secure the first triple-double for the LSU men’s basketball team in 23 years as the Tigers collected their third straight victory with a 73-63 decision over Ole Miss on Saturday afternoon at the Maravich Center.
For Quarterman, he secured 12 of his 18 points and dished out eight of his 10 assists during the second half. The last LSU player to register a triple-double was Shaquille O’Neal who secured 26 points, 13 rebounds and 11 blocks against BYU in the NCAA Tournament First Round on March 19, 1992.
On the defensive end, Quarterman was just as impressive. He made Ole Miss’ leading scorer and reigning SEC Player of the Week, Stefan Moody, work for his 15 points on a 3-for-16 shooting clip.
The victory enabled LSU (21-8, 10-6 SEC) to earn its first regular season series sweep over the Rebels (19-10, 10-6 SEC) since the program’s 2009 SEC regular season championship season. With the win, the Tigers also moved into a fourth place tie with Ole Miss in the SEC standings.
Jarell Martin notched his third consecutive double-double and 13th double dip of the season with 18 points and 12 rebounds. He put forth a 6-for-11 shooting effort and was 6-of-10 at the free throw line.
Keith Hornsby tacked on 16 points aided by a quartet of three-pointers. He pushed his streak to 12 consecutive games in double figures.
Jordan Mickey secured all 11 of his points in the second half coupled with four rebounds and four blocks, while Jalyn Patterson garnered a solid all-around effort with nine points, five assists and four rebounds.
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LSU’s starting five each logged at least 35 minutes of action and accounted for 72 of the team’s 73 points. The Tigers were 26-of-60 from the floor and knocked down 18 of their 33 field goal attempts en route to 50 second-half points. LSU was 5-for-17 from three-point territory and connected on 16-of-24 at the free throw line. The Tigers came away with a 34-24 advantage in paint points.
Trailing 26-15 at the 5:57 mark of the first half, LSU racked up 21 of the next 24 points to turn the tables during a run which stretched into the opening minutes of the second half.
Martin ignited the flurry with a free throw, a two-handed slam in transition and a traditional three-point play off a bucket in traffic. Quarterman sank a pair of free throws to draw LSU within 27-23 at halftime.
The Tigers began the second half with a Hornsby midrange jumper, a Martin left-handed layup and a Martin free throw to make it 29-28 with 16:57 remaining.
Patterson and Hornsby dialed up treys on opposite baselines 48 seconds apart and Mickey finished the spurt with a driving layup to vault LSU ahead 36-29 with 15:14 to go. During the 21-3 run, LSU’s defense forced Ole Miss to misfire on 11 of its 12 shot attempts.
Up 44-40 at the 11:20 mark, the Tigers reeled off a 10-2 run to go ahead by double figures. Quarterman drove through the lane for a layup and added a free throw for an old fashion three-point play. Then, he found Mickey in transition for a two-handed jam. Mickey stepped in for a 17-foot jumper at the top of the key, and Hornsby sank a three-ball to give LSU a 54-42 edge with 8:42 left.
Quarterman needed two assists to cap his triple-double performance in the closing minutes. He provided dunks to Martin and Mickey 70 seconds apart as the Tigers closed out the 10-point victory.
Up next, LSU faces Tennessee in its regular season home finale on Wednesday evening. Tipoff is slated for 6 p.m. from the Maravich Center, and the game will be televised by the SEC Network along with www.WatchESPN.com and the Watch ESPN app.
The LSU Sports Radio Network will broadcast the game on its flagship station Eagle 98.1 FM in the Baton Rouge area and for Geaux Zone subscribers at www.LSUsports.net/live. Jim Hawthorne, Ricky Blanton and Kevin Ford will call the action.
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LSU HEAD COACH JOHNNY JONES
Opening Statement …
“We knew going in that it was going to be a hard-fought battle, a war and a tough basketball game against Ole Miss. They are very talented on both ends of the floor, offensively and defensively. We were able to see that in the first half. We shot only 29 percent from the field and went in at halftime with a deficit. I thought our guys did a tremendous job of coming back out in the second half and executing offensively. It was more of the same of what we did in the latter part of the first half as well defensively and getting stops. We started off that way in the second half by making certain plays to get ahead. I thought our guys did a good job of continuing to execute and keeping them at bay, which allowed us to get out of here with a tough, hard-fought and hard-earned win today.”
On the team’s struggles in the first half…
“Well, I can tell you that Ole Miss had a huge part on how we played offensively in the first half. They are hard, tough to score on and they made sure that we played them overtop of them. They did not make things easy when they kept switching the defensive plays up, which we had to recognize. “
On Tim Quarterman‘s defensive effort on Ole Miss’ Stefan Moody…
“Tim did an excellent job. I brought him in the office yesterday, and we had some defensive styles that we talked about. I wanted to make sure that he was locked in on who we really wanted him to guard. We also discussed who would be most effective on (Moody). He wanted that assignment, and that was good for us. Offensively, with having only one turnover against that kind of pressure, shows how locked in he was.”
On what was key to today’s win …
“We had to play a little bit faster by getting out in the open floor because Ole Miss is a very solid half court defensive basketball team. When we were able to get the ball out into the open floor, we were able to make plays. We were able to be more patient with the ball. We had some more high-low type of looks when we were against their man-to-man defense. When our guys played patient and poised, I believe that our guys were able to make the right plays and be able to get the shots that we needed to while not getting into the bonus. We were more patient today with the basketball, and that allowed us to win the game.”
On the team getting its 10th SEC victory and being tied for fourth place in the SEC standings …
“We have two conference games left, and this is our backside of the schedule. Today was a big game for us. We were playing against a team that was one game ahead of us. Now, we were able to have the tiebreaker with them now because we are sitting in fourth place. For these guys, it is all about chapters. We all know where we were last year with the conference wins, and these guys have done a terrific job of improving this year. With sitting on 21 wins, that is a huge positive for us to continue with the rest of the year. We have improved as a team from last year. They understand, and they also understand the significance of where they are right now.”
LSU GUARD TIM QUARTERMAN
On his triple-double performance today…
“It is a great accomplishment today and just having fun with my teammates. It would not have been possible without them on the floor. We needed this win today, they were a great basketball team.”
On what adjustments the team made in the second half…
“Coach (Jones) got on us at the half, and we were determined to bounce back. We missed a ton of second-chance points in the first half. We were trying to go for too many home run type of plays. We settled down and made better passes in the second half.”
At what point in the game did he know he was close to the triple-double…
“I didn’t know about it until the last couple of minutes of the game. Jalyn (Patterson) was the one who actually told me. He came up to me and told me get another assist at the throw-in. As soon as Jordan (Mickey) dunked the ball, I heard the crowd chanting triple-double.”
On if he knew he was going to have a triple-double today…
“We were moving the ball well from side-to-side by swinging the ball and getting some good open looks. We also protected the basket much better in the second half.”
On how it feels to be compared with Shaquille O’Neal after his triple-double…
“It feels great. He’s a great player. He’s a legend at LSU. The thing that he did here and just to be mentioned in that category with him is just a great feeling.”
LSU GUARD KEITH HORNSBY
On how the team bounced back in the second half…
“To be able to put the first half in the back of our mind and be able to come back like we did in the second half, it feels great. It was great to play well in front of a large crowd today. It was a great win for us and for the fans today.”
On how the win boosts the team’s confidence heading into the last stretch of games…
“This win was a great team confidence booster no doubt. We came out a little sluggish. Ole Miss was very active at the start of the game. As a team, we want to be the toughest and most energized team on the floor. Coming out in that second half with all wheels rolling felt good.”
Ole Miss Coach Andy Kennedy
“My staff came up with this statistic. We are 15-2 coming into today in games where we shoot 40 percent or better from the field. Shooting 40 percent from the field as a team would be the worst of any team in the big five conferences. Yet, if we get to 40 percent, we are 15-2. Our only two losses came at Rupp (Arena against Kentucky) when we threw the ball away to them, and at Dayton – they haven’t lost at home all season. Those are the only times we have lost when we shoot better than 40 percent. Why? Well, because we make free throws at a high rate, and we don’t turn the ball over. Tonight, we shot under 40 percent. We didn’t force free throws, and we turned over the ball a lot. The outcome is going to be pretty predictable.”
On their top three players not playing well in the same game…
“Unfortunately, it has happened more times than I would like to admit. We have been in a lot of close games. We have been very tight and very competitive in every game and every possession. It has been the timeliness of Stefan Moody. It isn’t that Jarvis Summers and Martavious Newby haven’t had their moments, but we have struggled in a number of regards from manufacturing offense. Then, when we turned it over 17 times tonight, that is usually two games for us. For us to turn it over 17 times against a team as athletic as LSU, they are going to score in transition.”
On the team’s attitude after today’s loss…
“They’re disappointed. This is the first time all year that we have lost two games in a row. It took me a little longer tonight because now we need to play a little psychology. The reality is we didn’t play well today against a good LSU team. We need to flush it and make a turn since we have a game on Tuesday.”
OLE MISS GUARD STEFAN MOODY
On today’s loss at LSU…
“Of course, it’s frustrating. At the end of the day it’s on all of us. It’s a team effort. We all just have to play better.”
On how Coach Kennedy keeps the team positive…
“He does what every coach does. He tells all of his players the truth, exactly what’s going on and exactly what needs to be done. As a team, we have to channel that and make it happen.”
On the team’s turnovers during today’s game…
“That’s more like a personal team issue. We have to make sure we fix that for the next game.”