Same song, different verse for LSU Basketball. This time, a road loss to Texas Tech that featured too many open three-point baskets converted by a Tigers opponent again.
LSU fell 77-64 on Saturday in Lubbock, Texas in the SEC-Big 12 Challenge, to drop to 9-11 overall on the season.
Even with 23 points from Antonio Blakeney and a double-double from Duop Reath, LSU couldn't overcome the Red Raiders making 12 three-point baskets while shooting 52 percent from beyond the arc. LSU gave up too many second chance points as well, with the home squad grabbed nine offensive boards and scored 15 points off those rebounds.
The bright spot for LSU in Blakeney's 23 points is that the sophomore was able to rebound from a 4-point effort in LSU's loss in Baton Rouge to Florida on Wednesday.
When LSU went into the half down 39-27, Reath, Blakeney and Wayde Sims were the only scorers for the Tigers while the Red Raiders had six different players score including four with at least eight points. The balanced scoring in Chris Beard's motion offense continued and lead to four Red Raiders in double-digits with Zach Smith leading with 25 points and eight rebounds.
For an LSU team that found itself down by 21 at one point in the second half, the team did battle and shot the ball well enough at 46 percent from the field, but it was the early going and lack of perimeter defense yet again that doomed LSU.
What killed the Tigers was a streak from the 12:00 mark in the second half when Blakeney hit a jumper until the 3:44 mark when Duop Reath hit a jumper of his own — a stretch of 8:16. During that time, the Red Raiders outscored LSU by 13-7 while LSU notched a few free throws.
From there, LSU held Texas Tech to five points in the final 3:44 of the game, but it was way too late for any comeback.
LSU looks to get off its seven-game losing streak on Wednesday at 8 p.m. CT on the SEC Network when the team takes on South Carolina. The Tigers set at 9-11 overall and 1-7 in the SEC play.