State shocks LSU in Starkville

The Tigers couldn't get out of their way Saturday, falling flat in a 73-67 loss at lowly Mississippi State. Jordan Mickey posted a monster stat line in the setback.

LSU (16-5, 5-3) couldn't weathered the storm – or overcome its own sloppy play and poor shooting, falling to Mississippi State (10-11, 3-5) in Starkville 73-67 on Saturday afternoon.

The Tigers, without Jalyn Patterson for the second straight game, started the ballgame 2-of-13 from the field and, with the exception of Jordan Mickey and Keith Hornsby, it didn't get much better thereafter.

Mickey kept the visiting Bayou Bengals afloat with 25 points and a career-high 20 rebounds, which doubled as the highest rebound total for an SEC player this season.

Hornsby contributed a well-rounded game, totaling 15 points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals. The only other player in double figures for LSU was point guard Josh Gray, with 13 points.

The Tigers collectively shot 25-of-67 (37.3%) from the field, a far cry from the team's season average of 45.9%.

Mississippi State was opportunistic in the early 1 p.m. start, collecting 12 total steals and getting 36 combined points from starters Gavin Ware, Craig Sword and I.J. Ready.

Fred Thomas came off the bench to lead the Bulldogs in scoring with 16 points, including makes in all five of his attempts from the foul line. Rick Ray's troops as a whole were solid from the stripe late, connecting on their last eight freebies.

Conspicuous in their absence for LSU were Jarell Martin, one of the SEC's top scorers, and Tim Quarterman. Both battled inconsistent play and foul trouble, shooting between them 2-of-14 from the field for a total of eight points.

LSU returns home for three straight games in the PMAC beginning Thursday night versus Auburn.

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