LSU basketball is still searching for answers after coming up short once again on Wednesday night against Missouri. Coach Matt McMahon’s team never led in this game and spent much of it playing from behind, ultimately falling 87-77 against a Mizzou squad that couldn’t miss in the second half.
LSU (12-10, 1-8 SEC) has now lost nine-straight games in what has been a frustrating first season for McMahon.
The Tigers didn’t have a terrible offensive half in the opening 20 minutes as has been the trend during the losing streak, but Missouri (17-5, 5-4 SEC) was on fire, shooting above 50% in the period. Guard Kobe Brown led the way with 17 points, and forward Noah Carter also had 10 in the half as Mizzou hit 11 threes.
Missouri led by as much as 18 in the frame before a 9-0 LSU run cut that lead to single digits. But Mizzou shot 5 of 7 to end the half, and it stretched out a 13-point lead at the break.
LSU played even better offensively in the second half, cutting down on the eight turnovers it had in the first, but it didn’t stand much of a chance of erasing the deficit with the way Missouri was shooting. Brown finished with 26 points on 10 of 11 shooting, and he was one of four Missouri players in double figures.
The Tigers hit 11 of 13 shots at one point in the second half, and LSU needed a three-pointer from Adam Miller in the final seconds to bring the score within 10.
KJ Williams led the team with a 15-point, 11-rebound double-double, while Derek Fountain also had a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds.
Things only get harder moving forward for LSU, which returns home to take on an Alabama team that beat it by 40 in Tuscaloosa just a few weeks ago.
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