Amherst, Ma. - LSU's basketball season did not get started as planned with freshman sensation Jarell Martin getting injured less than a minute into action but the Tigers battled back against a veteran Massachusetts team that ultimately outlasted them, 92-90.
Coach Johnny Jones relied on junior forward Johnny O'Bryant III for much of a first half plagued by fouls. O'Bryant finished with 23 points and 11 rebounds but also contributed four fouls to the Tigers' 29.
LSU only led for 25 seconds at the beginning of the game but cut the gap to one halfway through the second half thanks to a 15-7 run. Three steals in the final minute of the game nearly earned the Tigers a dramatic victory but UMass made their final four free throws to win, 92-90.
LSU will host Northwestern State for their home opener Saturday at 7 p.m.
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