LSU's season ends - lose to OU in NIT

NORMAN, Okla. -- The LSU men's basketball team's season came to an end Wednesday night, as the Oklahoma Sooners defeated the Tigers, 70-61, in the first round of the National Invitational Tournament.

LSU finishes the season with a record of 18-11 while Oklahoma (20-10) continues on in the NIT to play the Michigan Wolverines, winners against Missouri earlier Wednesday.

The Tigers once again started off slowly, but this time so did Oklahoma. Both teams committed turnovers and missed shots early on, and no one led by more than six within the first 11 minutes of the game.

But that was when the game changed.

Oklahoma took the lead, 18-17, at the 8:35 mark and never looked back. Aside from LSU's 18-18 tie, Oklahoma controlled the game, building up an eight-point lead and maintaining that at the break, 30-22.

The second-half started out just as bad, as the Tigers would trail by nine, but a Tack Minor 3-pointer at 15:43 cut the lead to three, 37-34.

Unfortunately LSU would get no closer, as Oklahoma led by as many as 12 in the second half en route to the victory.

The Tigers were led in scoring by junior guard Antonio Hudson's 16 points. SEC freshman of the year Brandon Bass, fighting off double and triple-teams all night long, added 14 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. Guard Darrel Mitchell was the only other Tiger in double-figures with 12 points.

Oklahoma was led by Brandon Foust, who was also the game's high-scorer with 19 points. Drew Lavender added 15, Johnnie Gilbert 11, and Jason Detrick 10 for the Sooners.

LSU's shooting woes continued, as they shot just 36 percent from the field compared to Oklahoma's 45 percent. The Tigers, hitting on 7-of-21 attempts, shot 33 percent from behind-the-arc. The Tigers also handled the ball poorly, turning it over 19 times.

After upsetting then-No. 24 Florida on the road, LSU finished its season by losing seven of its last eight games. The Tigers only win was in its home finale against Ole Miss, where LSU had to score 48 second-half points to over come the 10 points it scored in the first half.

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