Missed free throws hurt Tigers at Vandy

LSU had one of its most balanced offensive performances of the season Wednesday night against Vanderbilt. But the Tigers came up short in an area that was probably the difference in the game - free throws. LSU missed 7-of-11 from the line in a 68-63 loss to the Commodores.

LSU, 12-10, 2-7 Southeastern Conference, dropped its fifth game in a row and is still looking for its first league win on the road with a home date against Kentucky on Saturday next on the schedule. The Commodores improved to 14-8, 4-5 SEC.

 The Tigers held a lead from the early stages of the second half but saw the score tied at 60 with 2:13 to play on a three-pointer from Brendan Plavich, one of two players to lead the Commodores with 18 points on the night. The other player, Chuck Moore, gave Vandy the lead on its next trip down the court on a lay-up when Collis Temple was called for goal tending. Temple came down awkwardly on his right leg and suffered was is believed to be a high ankle sprain. He suffered the same injury earlier in the season and has a partially torn tendon of his right foot.

A Russell Lackey three-pointer put Vanderbilt ahead 65-60 with 49.4 seconds remaining. On LSU's next possession, Antonio Hudson was fouled behind the arc with 20 seconds to play but missed all three of his free throws.

Hudson started the game in the place of Jermaine Williams, and Thomas Davis replaced Brad Bridgewater in the starting five as head coach John Brady tried to inject some offensive life into his team. Davis and Torris Bright each had 12 points in the game, one behind the leading scorer Ronald Dupree.

Brad Bridgewater also provided 12 points with ten coming in the second half, but he missed all three free throws he shot in the second half.

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