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Tigers season, Johnny Jones era ends at hands of Mississippi State in 79-52 loss in SEC Tournament

LSU has sloppy end to first half, allowing Mississippi State to cruise to a 79-52 win over the Tigers in the first round of the SEC Tournament.

The final 5:25 of the first half cost LSU its chance to make the run the Tigers players talked about with the media before departing for Nashville for the SEC Tournament. The team's season came to a close in a 79-52 blowout loss to Mississippi State on Wednesday in the first round of the SEC Tournament.

Johnny Jones coached on Wednesday in the midst of reports that the fifth-year coach of the Tigers will be let go following the SEC Tournament. Scout's Evan Daniels had sources tell him Jones was indeed out as coach of LSU after the season's end.

The Tigers took a 25-24 lead with 5:25 left in the first half before falling apart and going down 12 at the half. Tyson Carter had 13 points at the half for the Bulldogs and Antonio Blakeney had eight points for LSU at the half.

While LSU's scoring drought quickly ended in the second half, the Tigers couldn't put together enough scoring to even make this one close. In fact, the scoring woes hit the Tigers even worse. http://www.scout.com/college/lsu/story/1760976-one-door-about-to-close-a...

In the second half, a scoring drought struck again, this time the Tigers didn't hit a field goal for the final 11:33 of the game, missing their last 15 shots.

The Bulldogs meanwhile built a lead as large as 29 points, allowing Ben Howlan's team to cruise to victory. LSU racked up 19 turnovers and the Bulldogs scored 32 points off of those turnovers, likely the most disappointing part of the ugly loss to end LSU's season.

Quinndary Weatherspoon added 19 points on Wednesday, besting his 18-point outing against LSU on Saturday, while three other Bulldogs finished in double figures. 

LSU did outrebound Mississippi State 35-34 on the night, but got just 10 points from starters Duop Reath and Wayde Sims on the night. Only two LSU players were in double figures, with Blakeney and Mays finishing with 11 and 13 respectively.

The Tigers shot just 1-for-22 on the night from three-point range. 

LSU finished 10-21 overall and 2-16 in SEC play. The end of the season brings an offseason full of change for LSU ahead.


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