UNO ends LSU's in-state streak, 60-59

A missed LSU free throw followed by a UNO three-pointer led to a 60-59 Privateer win in the New Orleans Lakefront Arena Tuesday night. Ronald Dupree missed the second of two free throws that would have put LSU up by three points, and UNO's Ben Wilson drained a trey at the other end of the court for the deciding basket.

Ben Wilson drained a trey at the other end of the court for the deciding basket.

The loss was the Tigers' first to an in-state school in 40 contests, dating back to a loss to Louisiana Tech in 1988-89, and UNO's first win over the Tigers since 1986-87. LSU fell to 8-2 UNO improved to 5-6.

"I must have done a poor job of getting our team ready to play, because I thought the first 20 minutes we weren't ready to play," coach John Brady said. "We weren't very good. You have to give UNO credit. They were ready to play, and played harder than we did.

The Tigers trailed 34-28 at the half, but were able to tie the game at 51 with under six minutes to play on a basket by Antonio Hudson, playing in place of an injured Collis Temple III. The freshman would finish the night with a team-high 16 points. Charlie Thompson gave LSU a 54-52 lead at the five-minute mark with a three-pointer - the first Tiger lead since midway through the first half.

LSU led by six with three minutes to play on four key free throws by Torris Bright, but the Privateers were able to pull within three, 58-55, on a trey by Wilson. A number of Tiger turnovers and a UNO steal made the score 58-57.

With 25 ticks remaining on the clock, Dupree was fouled driving to the basket. He drained the first free throw for a two-point lead, but was unable to put the ball through a second time. UNO snagged the rebound and Wilson was able to find the basket from the corner with 11 seconds to go for the win.

"What we did not do was defend in the first half, and they just did what they wanted to with us," Brady said. "We weren't very physical. ... Our team just wasn't there."

The absence of Temple, who suffered a sprained ankle against McNeese State Dec. 15, couldn't be more evident in LSU's sloppy play. The Tigers shot only 19-of-49 from the field, and was out-rebounded 32-26. Bright didn't score from the field (0-for-7), but was perfect from the free-throw line, tacking on six points.

"Before the game, we talked about players having to pick up the slack of 19 points per game and your leading rebounder," Brady said of Temple's absence. "We didn't do it. Our team has to practice hard for a team that's better than UNO."

LSU is set to face Houston next Thursday night at the Maravich Assembly Center. Temple's availability for the game is questionable.

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