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By: Terrill J. Weil
BATON ROUGE, LA - On Saturday afternoon LSU honored their 1979 basketball team during LSU's contest with the 9th ranked Tennessee Volunteers.
The Tigers' season meltdown continued, dropping their 6th game in a row as the Vols easily defeated the Bayou Bengals, 77-56.
Once again, it was an ugly outing to witness as Tennessee pulled away late in the first half, then cruised to the easy blow out victory in the second half.
Tennessee hit 12 three pointers and scored 33 points off of 19 LSU turnovers.
“Credit to Tennessee, there’s a reason they are a top five team in the country." Matt McMahon said. "I
think, from our standpoint, when you have an opportunity in a game like this you have to find some way eliminate a lot of mistakes. You don’t see numbers like that often where you turn it over and it leads to so many points. When you are playing a top five team, they make you pay for every mistake, every single mistake and that’s what they did today. Both from points off turnovers, missing a switch, you miss a coverage on a flair screen, and they make you pay every time. So, credit to them. They have a terrific team and for us, obviously we’re being tested. We’re being tested and we will find out what we are about as we start preparation for the next opportunity on Tuesday."
LSU kept the game competitive through most of the first 20 minutes, trailing by only seven points, 27-20 at the 4:11 mark.
The Volunteers then went on a 12-2 run to end the first half, to hold a 39-22 lead at halftime.
Tennessee pressed the accelerator to the floor to start the second half, leaving the wounded Tigers in
the dust, building as much as a 27 point lead.
KJ Williams lead the Tigers with 16 points, Trae Hannibal finished with 10 points, while Jalen Reed contributed nine.
The Tigers wore throwback uniforms in the contest as part of honoring Dale Brown's 1979 squad who finished
26-6, 14-4 and ended up winning the school's first SEC Championship in 25 years.
LSU now sits at 12-7, 1-6 and next will travel to Fayetteville on Tuesday, January 24 to take on a revenge minded Arkansas team who LSU defeated earlier in the season, 60-57 in the PMAC. Tip-off is set for 6:00pm CST and will be televised on ESPN2.
Photos Below By: Michael Bacigalupi
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