By: Terrill J. Weil
Da Boot Sports
ATHENS, GA:: The roller coaster ride continues for the purple and gold. After three impressive wins in a row, it looked like the Tigers were beginning to peak at the right time as the regular season is near it's end, but Tuesday night's 91-78 embarrassing loss to Georgia has us all once again scratching our heads in disappointment.
The contest would begin with each team going on runs. Georgia would start the game scoring four straight over the first two minutes, before LSU would go on a 7-0 run to take the lead 7-4 at the 15:24 mark.
The Bulldogs would then answer with a 8-0 run over the next two minutes, taking a 14-7 lead with 12:57 to go.
Both teams would do a good job of attacking each other as the game was shaping up to be another close battle between two good SEC teams, as LSU would pull to within two points, 20-18 with 9:06 left in the first half.
With 5:46 left on the clock, Mwani Wilkinson would power in a slam dunk to make the score, 24-23 Georgia. From here, something went wrong with the Tigers as the Bulldogs would begin to pull away quickly.
Over the final five minutes of the first half Georgia would go on a dominating 21-6 run to take a 45-29 lead at the half.
The Bulldogs would pick up where they left off at the end of the first half, dominating LSU on both ends of the court. Georgia would not only maintain their double digit lead, but would slowly build on it. At the 10:46 mark the Tigers would find themselves down by 22 points, 69-47.
LSU would struggle to sustain any kind of consistency on offense, while Georgia seemed to have an answer for any defense the Tigers would throw at them.
But with seven minutes left in the game, the Tigers would continue to fight and slowly chip away at the Bulldogs lead. With 4:59 left in the game, LSU had pulled to within 12 points, 79-67. But just when it looked like the Tigers were making a run, Georgia would make the key plays and slam the door back into their face. The Bulldogs would build their lead back to 18 points with 1:36 left and would finish off LSU with a dominating 91-78 victory.
Cam Thomas would lead the Tigers with 21 points, ... Javonte Smart would score 19 points, ... Trendon
Watford would finish with a double-double scoring 13 points while grabbing 10 rounds, ... Jalen Cook would add 11 points..
After three straight impressive wins, the Tigers seemed to slip back into a confused state, playing sloppy and allowing themselves to be outplayed. Like I've said all season, this team lacks a killer instinct and consistency. With two games left in the regular season, Will Wade needs to find a way to motivate his team to play at a high level and stay there.
"It was an embarrassing performance, we got whipped every way we could get whipped," Will Wade said. "All of our poor habits came out and they were more physical, they beat us to loose balls, they played with a better spirit than we did. Just an all systems breakdown and as disappointing a night as we've had."
“Like I said, it was total embarrassment,” he added. “I feel bad for all of our fans; I feel bad for everybody who follows our program. It was laughable, our effort, and it starts with me.”
With the loss the Tigers fall to 14-7 overall and 9-5 in the SEC...
Up next LSU will travel to Fayetteville to play Arkansas on Saturday, Feb. 27th at 1:00pm in a must win game for the Tigers...
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