Despite Brandon Sampson and Antonio Blakeney's combined 35 points, LSU couldn't break its long losing streak on Saturday. LSU set a new mark for the program with losses in a row with 15 when the Tigers dropped their game against Georgia 82-80 on the road.
It was a long road back for LSU from when the Tigers led Georgia 9-7 with 15:44 to go in the first half as the last time LSU led in the game, but with 1:25 to go at Stegeman Coliseum in Athens, Ga., Wayde Sims' tipin after a Blakeney miss put LSU back up 78-77, but it wasn't enough.
Even when LSU got a stop on defense and Blakeney hit a jumper with 52 seconds left to make it 80-77, LSU allowed a Derek Ogbeide layup with 44 seconds to go to close the gap to 1 for Georgia. LSU followed that up with multiple missed tipin attempts on the offensive end and the Bulldogs got a final chance to win it.
Guard J.J. Frazier went coast-to-coast and was fouled at the rim by Duop Reath. Frazier promptly made the two free throws to put the Bulldogs up by one point with 1.6 seconds left. LSU threw the ball off the mark down the court, had to foul Ogbeide and couldn't knock down a 3/4 court shot to win it from Sampson.
LSU hung around most of the game as the team went into the first half down 44-37 while the Bulldogs shot a staggering 54 percent from the field in the first half.
Frazier was the difference, scoring 18 of his 29 points in the second half including those final free throws while also adding eight assists on the night.
Brian Bridgewater and Sims both added nine points each for LSU with Bridgewater being a +17 on the night and Sims adding five rebounds. The Tigers outrebounded the Bulldogs 34-29 and also outscored the Bulldogs in the paint 32-26 even while Reath struggled with just two points and five rebounds on the night.
LSU returns to Baton Rouge on Wednesday to face Tennessee at 6 p.m. CT on the SEC Network for Senior Night.