Tigers SEC streak ends - LSU loses 64-53

LSU struggled mightily on offense and Vanderbilt rained three pointers as the Commodores beat the Tigers 64-53 Wednesday night.

LSU (13-6, 2-3 SEC) lost an SEC game at home for the first time since the 2004 season. The Tigers entered the game having won 19 straight league games at the Maravich Center.

Derrick Byars scored a game-high 18 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as the Commodores (14-6, 4-2) have now beaten a ranked opponent in four of their last five games. VU beat No. 16 Tennessee 82-81. After a loss to Georgia, the Dores knocked off No. 10 Alabama 94-73 and won at No. 25 kentucky 72-67 before Wednesday night's victory.

Tasmin Mitchell led all LSU scorers with 16 points on 7 of 20 shooting. Glen Davis and Garrett Temple each scored a dozen points a piece as LSU continued to struggle offensively. LSU made just 20 of 62 shots from the floor, including 5 of 22 three pointers, for a dismal 32.3-percent clip for the game.

"We're just not very calm offensively," said LSU coach John Brady. "We rush; we're in too big a hurry, and we've got to have some guys just make some plays at the right moments of the game and I think we weren't able to do that tonight when we needed to."

Vanderbilt wasn't much better hitting 23 of 55 shots (41.8-percent), but 10 of those field goals came from beyond the three-point line.

"Vanderbilt is the best shooting team in the league, and we guarded them pretty good," Brady said. "They shoot 41 percent from the field for the game and 40 (percent) from the three (point line). I was hoping we could hold them to single digits from the three. We held them to 10.

LSU trailed by as many as 15 points in the first half, but the Tigers managed to claw back to a 10-point deficit by halftime, trailing 34-24.

"My first thought is I thought we played for about 26 or 28 minutes," said LSU coach John Brady. "Then we got the game in a situation where I think everybody on our team had an opportunity to make a play and made them (Vanderbilt) miss got the rebound and we weren't able to come up with it in a timely way."

The second half opened much like the first as Vanderbilt stormed out of the gates. By the 11:08 mark of the second half, Vandy led by 17, 51-34.

But the Tigers didn't go quietly. Using full court pressure, LSU managed to close the gap inside 10 points. Ben Voogd hit a three-pointer from just in front of the LSU bench to get it to eight points, down 53-48.

With 2:56 left to play, a pair of Temple free throws got it to six points, but LSU got no closer as the Commodores pushed the lead back to double digits.

"We had a couple missed lay-ups, and at those particular moments of the game when the game is like it is, you've got to make some plays and we weren't able to make the necessary plays to win the game," Brady said.

LSU has struggled against the zone as of late. Brady said his team got a man-to-man look from Vanderbilt, but still the offense struggled.

"We didn't take good shots," Mitchell said. "The first five minutes of the game I didn't take a shot at all. We had specific tasks that we had to work out. There were things that we were told to do, like get the ball inside and work inside out. I knew the inside game wasn't going to be real effective because Glen Davis attracts a big crowd."

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