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Florida sets record in 106-71 win over LSU in the PMAC on Wednesday night

LSU dropped its sixth straight game and fell to under .500 for the first time this season as the Tigers lost 106-71 on Wednesday night.

After going 8-for-43 in its previous two games, Florida topped LSU 106-71 by way of 19 three-point baskets, tying the Maravich Center record for most three-point baskets by an opponent. 

The Tigers dropped to 1-7 in the SEC with the worst home loss for the Tigers in SEC history and was the first time LSU had given up 100 points in an SEC game since 2002 against... the Gators.

LSU coach Johnny Jones made it clear after the game. There were zero positives to take away from the game.

"No positives from this game. The only thing positive is that somebody came to watch us play tonight," Jones said. "We certainly owe our fans an apology for tonight. 

Florida had only made 10 three-point baskets more than once this season, against Arkansas-Little Rock. Again, 19 three-point baskets fell tonight for the Gators. The defense for the Tigers continued to struggle.

It was the most points scored by a Gators team in the first half since 2011 against Jacksonville. Tonight, Florida had 58 points at the half and went in with a 25-point lead.

"The ball didn't stop. We didn't get stagnant," Gators coach Mike White said. "It was just a week ago we were 0-for-17. I wish we could trade a couple. It's all part of it. After that game, there was a challenge after that game to spend a little more time in the gym."

You could tell it wasn't going to get better for the Tigers when guard Brandon Jenkins went up for a dunk at the end of the first half, but lost the handle. There wasn't one ounce of fight from LSU after that. 

Coupled with the Gators shutting down LSU's leading scorer Antonio Blakeney, who finished with four points and nine rebounds in 23 minutes, and guard Skylar Mays, who was also a focus for the Gators' defense.

"I thought our guys did a nice job on Antonio. Last year when we came here, he had 32 points. He's got an ability to go off," White said. "Skylar Mays was good. We did a pretty good job with field goal percentage defense. It was a huge emphasis on those two guys."

Wayde Sims also added 12 points on a perfect 5-for-5 shooting with seven rebounds in 25 minutes. While Jones said there were no positives, Sims was perfect on the field and said that's a part of his "never give up" attitude.

"I felt like I got into the open spots to where I was able to score. I got to focus on my defense. I got beat today. We all have to play better defense," Sims said. "They started out hitting a couple shots. We weren't planning on that."

Another setback as Jones puts it and LSU turns its attention to attention to Texas Tech, with a team morale that is pretty low according to Mays.

"At this point, all we can do is be positive. We're in a pretty low place right now," Mays said. "I love our guys. I believe in our team. We've got a great culture and fan base. Can't beat it. That's why it hurts more. Being from here, knowing how much LSU means to Baton Rouge, we love the game. That's what keeps us going."

LSU tips off on Saturday in the SEC-Big 12 Challenge against Texas Tech in Lubbock, Tex. at 1 p.m. CT on ESPNU. 

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LSU players Wayde Sims and Skylar Mays

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