February 14, 2013; Columbia, SC, USA; LSU Tigers head coach Johnny Jones applauds a play against the South Carolina Gamecocks in the second half at Colonial-Life Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports

LSU vs South Carolina final score: Tigers win 71-68 for their first SEC win

LSU held off a quality comeback effort from South Carolina to pick up their first SEC victory this year. The win also snaps the Tigers’ first losing streak of the season.

The game see-sawed back and forth for the entire first half. Both teams went on runs, but neither were able to maintain a substantial lead. At the break LSU clung to a two point advantage. The second half started much like the first, going back and forth. Then with about 10 minutes left in the game, the Tigers began a run, and led by 14 with less than 6 minutes remaining.

However, the Gamecocks would not go away quietly. They began making their shots and getting stops on defense, but their comeback efforts came up just short. When the final buzzer sounded, LSU walked off the court with a 71-68 road victory.

Jarell Martin led the way for the Tigers. It was an incredible performance both offensively and defensively for the freshman. He had a season high 18 points to go along with 6 rebounds, 5 steals, and a block.

Sindarius Thornwell was the reason South Carolina was able to keep it close. The freshman guard erupted for a season high 25 points, in addition to a team high five rebounds, a block and a steal. His 25 point outburst was more than 14 points above his season average.

The Tigers will travel to Oxford on Wednesday to take on the Ole Miss Rebels.

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