Game 9: UMass 92 LSU 90

12 Nov

In what was the best game of the marathon so far UMass outlasted LSU 92-90.  From the first minute of the game when LSU lost star recruit Jarell Martin to an ankle injury the Tigers had an uphill battle, but they showed they were game.  Chaz Williams led four Minutemen in double figures with 24 points and nine assists.  Louisiana native Sampson Carter also added 17 points including four free throws in the final 30 seconds to ice the game for UMass.  After losing Martin Johnny O’Bryant III carried the load for the Tigers finishing with 23 points and 11 rebounds.  LSU however had trouble adjusting to the new defensive points of emphasis, committing 20 fouls in the first half.  With 13 minutes to play O’Bryant was whistled for his 4th foul and had to sit with the Tigers down five, LSU then closed to within one on the backs of Andre Stringer (21 points) and Jordan Mickey (16 points, 10 rebounds, five blocks) but every time LSU surged it seemed the Minutemen had an answer, especially Cady Lalanne who scored all of his 16 points in the second half.

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