LSU outlasts Missouri, 77-71

The Bayou Bengals ran their conference record to 3-2 Tuesday night with a much-needed 77-71 win over Missouri in the PMAC. Freshman Jordan Mickey notched another double-double to go along with five blocks in victory.

LSU (12-5, 3-2) ran its winning streak to two games in SEC play with a 77-71 victory over Missouri (14-4, 2-3) Tuesday night in the PMAC.

Shavon Coleman netted a season-high 19 points for LSU while freshman Jordan Mickey had a monster night in the paint, posting 14 points, 13 rebounds and five blocks.

LSU was able to put the game away late by attacking the interior and not settling for outside jumpers, something the home-standing Tigers did in abundance in the first half, hoisting 17 three-pointers.

"I thought early on we took some shots and they were wide open. We had some excellent shots, but we weren't getting the post touches that we needed," coach Johnny Jones said following the game. "They were really trying to clamp down inside, but what we wanted to do in the second half and I told them, 'The three-point shot that you're getting there will be open with 25 seconds on the clock of five seconds on the clock, so at least get a couple of post touches. Look inside If it's not available, then we can settle and take the three.'

"We did a much better job (in the second half) of being aggressive at the basket, which allowed us to get to the free throw line and some high-percentage scores. Guys were able to relax when they did catch it on the perimeter."

In a losing effort for Missouri, Jabari Brown notched a game-high 28 points while point guard Jordan Clarkson pumped in 19 points.

All-told the three-headed starting Missouri backcourt finished with 63 of Mizzou's 71 total points.

LSU will return to action Saturday in Coleman Coliseum versus Alabama (8-9, 2-2).

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