LSU loses SEC opener in overtime

LSU failed to pull out an overtime victory on the road, falling to Missouri 74-67 to start SEC play with a loss

LSU fell to Missouri 74-67 in overtime for a loss to launch its SEC campaign.

LSU didn’t hit a single field goal in the extra period, missed 10 free throws and had 19 turnovers in the loss. LSU was unable to overcome a rough night from its two stars. Jordan Mickey and Jarell Martin combined for just 18 points with neither player reaching double digits.

LSU got the first points of overtime but didn’t score after that. Tim Quarterman put LSU ahead with a pair of free throws to make it 67-65. Missouri’s Johnathan Williams sunk a layup on the other end to tie it before going to the free-throw line with his next possession — Martin fouled out in the process.

Williams hit one of two to give Missouri a 68-67 lead inside of two minutes. Quarterman’s three was no good. Mickey got the rebound but wasted the second chance with a throwaway, those unforced errors a common theme.

Michael Shamburger hit both free throws on the other end to give Missouri a 70-67 lead with 55 seconds to play. Mickey went to the line with a chance to cut into that deficit but missed both of his attempts. He went just 1-for-6 from the charity stripe.

Missouri hit its free throws to hold on and secure the win.

LSU needed some last-second heroics just to have a chance in overtime.

Facing a 65-62 deficit as the seconds counted down, Keith Hornsby found himself open along the right sideline. He nailed the three-pointer with 10 seconds to play to tie it.

Missouri’s last attempt at a game-winner clanged off the rim and the two teams went to overtime tied 65-65.

Missouri dominated most of the second half to take the lead into the final few minutes.

LSU led by as much as seven midway through the second half, but a Missouri run pushed the home team to a late lead. Wes Clark highlighted it with eight consecutive points, including a pair of three pointers, to give Missouri a 60-56 lead inside four minutes.

Both teams hit a three to make it 63-59 Missouri with 2:05 to go. Missouri failed on a three-point attempt, and LSU took advantage of the next possession with a Jalyn Patterson layup that cut the deficit to one. Missouri got its lead back to three before LSU’s final possession of regulation.

Hornsby hit his shot, but it was Missouri that came out on top.

Quarterman led LSU scoring with 19 points off the bench. Hornsby led the starters with 17. Patterson also made it into double digits with 11. Despite a rough night offensively, Mickey did have 17 rebounds. Hornsby contributed eight and Martin had seven.

As a team though, LSU shot just 36 percent from the field and 27 percent from behind the line.

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