LSU (13-4, 2-2) was its own worst enemy when it mattered most, inexplicably coughing up a game it controlled throughout, in a 67-64 loss to Texas A&M (11-5, 2-2) on Saturday in the PMAC.
The Tigers, which led 40-32 at the half, held a 58-47 lead with 9:49 to play in the ballgame. From there the Aggies closed the contest on a 20-6 run, shredding LSU's defense while the home team consistently offered up poor shots early in the shot clock.
Perhaps the most telling statistic: The Bayou Bengals finished the game missing 12 of its last 13 three-point attempts.
"I think it has to do a lot with the youthfulness of our team," a dejected Johnny Jones told reporters. "We feel like we have to make a home-run play to put people away."
LSU's head coach was most disappointed in how his team failed to place emphasis on its possessions late.
"I thought our guys had a really good first half. We even finished it with momentum, knocking down a huge shot," recalled Jones. "More of the same in the second half, but as we got up 10, 11 points, I thought we didn't really focus or value the possessions like we needed to. The things that allowed to us to get up 10, 11 points, we did not continue to do."
Jordan Mickey led the Tigers statistically with 17 points, eight rebounds and seven blocks. Jarell Martin, who shot 5-of-15 from the floor and turned it over four times, chipped in 12 points and eight rebounds while Jalyn Patterson had another strong showing off the bench with 13 points, including three made trifectas, and two steals.
The Aggies were led by Danuel House and Jalen Jones, who each poured in 18 points.
LSU will take to the road next week for games at Florida (Tuesday) and at Vanderbilt (Saturday).
Check out postgame video with Mickey below and click on the link following it to relive the game via TSD's free live game thread, which also includes reaction from Jones after the game.
Tigers give one away to Aggies
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