How it happened
A Mississippi State team not that much different in talent and potential peppered the Tigers with more energy and want-to almost from the opening tip and LSU never responded well enough to match the Bulldogs. State beat the Tigers on the glass, limiting them to countless one-and-dones, and beat LSU up and down the floor.
What it means
LSU tumbled past square one and into an abyss of what next. The first three games of conference play have been disastrous for the Tigers’ porous defense and that was against three teams that don’t exactly move the needle much in NCAA Tournament aspirations.
Player of the game
Skylar Mays: 10 points (4-8 FG, 2-4 3-pt. FG, 5 assists, s steals)
He was the one player who was steady with grit and energy, and even when LSU fell into a 25-point hole, the freshman remained engaged on defense. His ability to feed teammates in position to score continues to evolve at the college level and is something the Tigers desperately need to take advantage of if they intend to get better.
Antonio Blakeney and Brandon Sampson were a combined 1-for-9 from 3-point range and LSU was 9-for-27 as a team. Blakeney shot the ball only four times in the opening 20 minutes but still wound up with 17 points. … State finished with a huge 25-10 edge on points off turnovers, 13-0 in the first half. The Bulldogs also generated 14 fast-break points to just 2 for the Tigers. … LSU led for only 2:28. … LSU led 20-19 at the 9:51 juncture of the first half. State ripped off a 27-7 run after that and made 13 of its last 18 floor shots of the period after starting 7-for-16. The Bulldogs also cranked in 5-of-6 treys down the stretch and wound up 11-for-22. … Duop Reath logged his third double-double with 19 points and 13 rebounds. … Nine of LSU’s 14 turnovers came from the frontcourt – 4 by Aaron Epps, 3 from freshman Wayde Sims and 2 from Reath.
LSU at Texas A&M, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday