Like their games against Florida and Ole Miss, the Tigers found themselves down early against an SEC opponent on the road.Missouri was able to come back in their game against LSU, but never could get the lead as they fell 73-70 in Baton Rouge Wednesday night.
LSU used hot shooting and a big game by Anthony Hickey to put the Tigers away. After the teams tied at 6-6 early in the first half, the Tigers suddenly found themselves down 13-6 after a quick 7-0 run by LSU. By halftime, the Tigers had trailed by as many as 16 and went into the break trailing 39-26.
In the second half, the Tigers used a 12-0 run to cut the lead to 4, but Hickey scored 7 straight for the Bayou Bengals to balloon the lead back to 11. Missouri would inch closer, but never got within 2 late in the game. They had a chance as LSU missed clutch free throws, but a quick 3 by Phil Pressey sealed the win for the (LSU) Tigers.
Pressey, however, led the team in scoring with 25 points, despite a 1-9 night from behind the arc. He also led the team with 5 assists on the night. Jabari Brown (19 points) and Lawrence Bowers, who returned from a sprained MCL (10 points) were the other Tigers in double figures. Tony Criswell led the Tigers with 9 rebounds.
Mizzou falls to 15-5 on the season and is now 4-3 in the SEC. They’re back at Mizzou Arena this weekend as they host the Auburn Tigers Saturday at 12:30pm. Pregame coverage begins at noon on your home for the Mizzou Tigers, ESPN 100.5 and Total Sports Station 103.1 KTGR.