Skylar Mays (Photo by Justin Ford - USA TODAY SPORTS)

LSU drops Valentine's Day matchup at Ole Miss 96-76 after teams falls apart offensively

The Tigers were helped by a huge performance from Antonio Blakeney for the first half, but fell apart in the second half for a 96-76 loss to Ole Miss on the road on Valentine's Day.

Behind a huge first half from guard Antonio Blakeney, LSU had its biggest outburst in the first half this season with a 47-44 lead at the half on the road at Ole Miss. The sophomore had 22 points at the half on 9-of-12 shooting to help the Tigers.

Both LSU and Ole Miss had two players each in double figures to end the first half with Blakeney and Mays having 22 and 13 respectively, while Terence Davis and Deandre Burnett had 11 and 12 points respectively.

Davis went off for 33 points on 13-for-21 from the field. Davis continued his tear in the SEC with the big shooting performance, which also featured six rebounds.

Eventually, it fell apart for LSU's squad even after a good start to the second half for the Tigers.

To start the second half, the Tigers opened up a 55-44 lead behind an 8-0 run before Ole Miss made a run of its own.

The 18-5 Ole Miss run that came from 12:27 to 6:22, was ended with back-to-back 3-point baskets from Jalyn Patterson and Davis. With Davis' basket, the Rebels took a 75-72 lead and never looked back. 

When the Rebels took the lead with 6:43 to go, it lead to the Rebels outscoring the Tigers 26-7 to close out the game and finish off the 96-76 win for Ole Miss. Andy Kennedy's team scored the final 18 points of the game. 

Even though Blakeney finished with 29 points on 10-for-17 from the field, Blakeney didn't score a point for the final 12:47 of the game. Ole Miss changed up its defense and LSU struggled as the Rebels rotated through zones and man. 

LSU faced foul trouble for much of the game with freshman Wayde Sims fouling out with 6:22 to go on an offensive play while Duop Reath fouled out with 1:47 to go. Sims finished with zero points and three points. 

Johnny Jones' squad dropped its 12th straight game. The Tigers fell to 9-16 overall and 1-12 in SEC play and head to Alabama on Saturday.

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