Resurgent Tigers try to extend three-game win streak at South Carolina

PHOTO BY: Jonathan Mailhes.

After three consecutive wins, the LSU men’s basketball team will look to win its third SEC road game of the season when the Tigers face South Carolina Saturday afternoon at Colonial Life Arena in Columbia.

The game will be heard locally over 98.1 FM and will be broadcast by the SEC Network.

LSU (19-7, 7-6 in the SEC) is tied for fifth in the SEC with Alabama, two games out of fourth. South Carolina is 15-10 and 6-7 in the league. LSU has won three straight games including an 84-65 win over Georgia at home on Wednesday night. South Carolina used a half-court shot to win 77-74 in overtime at Ole Miss on Tuesday.

The Tigers are beginning at two-game road swing that will take them to South Carolina on Saturday and then travel to Lexington for a second meeting with the University of Kentucky next Wednesday. LSU is next at home on Saturday, Feb. 26 against Missouri.

LSU has won twice on the road in the league in SEC play at Florida and Texas A&M and will be looking to steal another win on the road to make up for the two losses at the Maravich Center earlier this season.

A key to the three-game winning streak is the fact that LSU has been able to get healthy and go back to the starting lineup it used in 14-of-the-first-15 games, all Tiger victories. That lineup is now 17-0 for Coach Will Wade as the Tigers try to keep momentum moving ahead for the latter part of the season.

The lineup features point guard Xavier Pinson and Brandon Murray at the second guard, with Darius Days and Mwani Wilkinson at forwards and Efton Reid at center. That also allows leading scorer Tari Eason and backup guard Eric Gaines to come off the bench which provides energy and several ways of attacking the defense.

Eason, who has three straight 20-point games, is averaging 16.8 points per game, while Days is at 13.1 points and a team best 7.9 rebounds. Murray is at 10.3. Pinson, who had 10 assists in the win over Georgia, averages 9.8 points and 4.4 rebounds.

The Gamecocks have won two-straight in league play and are looking to notch the team’s second three-game win streak this season in SEC action.

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