LSU hoops blasted on the road - fall 74-54

The 24th-ranked LSU basketball team, playing without injured forwards Jaime Lloreda and Regis Koundjia, struggled in the second half and lost to Vanderbilt, 74-54, Saturday evening in Memorial Gym in Nashville, Tenn.

LSU (17-6, 7-5 SEC) has now lost two-straight Southeastern Conference games since breaking into the AP poll at No 24, and will likely leave the rakings after just one week.

The Tigers, who played just seven players due to injuries, were led in scoring by junior guard Antonio Hudson who posted 18, including 12 from behind-the-arc. Fellow guard Darrel Mitchell added 12 points as the only two Tigers to score in double-figures.

Vanderbilt (17-6, 6-6) was led in scoring by forward Matt Freije who scored 22 points for the Commodores. The real story of the game was the play of seven-foot two center Dawid Przybyszewski, who added 21 points, including an amazing 5-for-5 from 3-point range. They were the lone Commodores to score in double-digits.

The Tigers, who were down by seven with just over nine minutes to play in the half, exploded for a 20-7 run to take a six point lead at the break, 28-22. Unfortunately for the Tigers, their hot shooting could not continue on the second half.

Vandy hit some early shots and took a 32-30 lead at the 17:44 mark. The Tigers tried to answer, but couldn't, and Vandy then went on a 16-5 run to take control at the first official timeout of the second half.

Hudson sank two free throws to cut the to seven at 46-39, with 10:23 to play, but Vanderbilt just answered right back. Another run, this time 9-0, put the game away for good as the Tigers trailed by as many as 25 and eventually lost by 20.

LSU's lack of depth showed, especially in the paint, as the Tiger trio of Brandon Bass, Darnell Lazare, and Ross Neltner combined to go just 2-of-14 for 10 points.

LSU will return to action on Wednesday, February 25, in Starkville, Miss. to take on the Mississippi State Bulldogs, leaders of the SEC Western Division. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. The game will be televised by JP Sports, WAFB Ch. 9, on the radio locally on WDGL, Eagle 98.1, and around the world via the internet at The Tigers return home on Sunday, Feb. 29, to take on the SEC East leading Kentucky Wildcats.

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