Da Boot Sports
By: Terrill J. Weil
BATON ROUGE, LA - LSU held the lead for 36 minutes on Wednesday night in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center, but fell to Missouri, 81-76 after going ice cold over the final 2:38 of the contest.
The Tigers were explosive in the first half of play, leading by as much as 19 points before taking a 13 point lead, 47-34 into the halftime break.
KJ Williams (15 points) and Adam Miller (14 points) led the first half offensive attack. It was probably LSU's most electric half of the season as they shot 48% from the floor, including 11-15 (73%) from behind the three point arc and sinking 12-12 free throws.
But, as all season long, the Tigers were unable to put together a solid 40 minutes.
Over the first nine minutes of the second half, Missouri would go on a 25-12 run to tie the game at 59-59.
Mizzou's second half comeback was aided by the Tigers' poor shooting and sloppy ball handling that led to ten costly LSU turnovers.
“I thought our guys really competed tonight. Parker Edwards got us off to a really special start there with his two threes and his start on Senior Night." Matt McMahon said. "I thought that carried over to our team. I think we competed the way we need to play every single night. Credit to Missouri, they stayed the course there when we built a lead in the first half. I think we had one two-point field goal there, everything else was done beyond the arc and it was going to be hard to continue to shoot at a 73% clip from behind the arc. Unfortunately, in the second half, some of the same problem that have bother us all year. A lot of turnovers, unforced turnovers at times. KJ with another monster game, they put two and three on him at a time, but we were trying to get it to him on every trip. Unable to do so there late in the game. A couple of key possessions I thought, we got a stop with about two minutes to go up by two, they shot an airball three, we were unable to come up with the rebound and they (Missouri) got a putback there. We take a bad shot late. We were unable to get anything going there and then (D’Moi) Hodge buries a huge three. Credit to Missouri. They put a lot of pressure on you defensively. All one through five can beat you off the dribble and get to the rim and make plays at the basket. If you go double, they can all shoot it from three. Obviously disappointed in the result tonight.”
Missouri took their first lead of the game, 77-74 when D'moi Hodge hit a three pointer with 1:37 left on the clock.
With the loss the Tigers are now 13-17 overall, 2-15 in SEC play.
Next up the Tigers will travel to Gainesville to play Florida on Saturday, March 4 at 5:00pm CT. The game will be televised on SEC Network.
Photos Below By: Michael Bacigalupi
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