After missing two free throws that could have clinched the game in regulation, the LSU men's basketball team went cold in overtime and fell to the Washington State Cougars, 72-70, at the Cougar Hardwood Classic at Key Arena.
LSU (8-3) missed seven-straight field goals in the extra period before forward Tasmin Mitchell hit a three pointer to get within two, 70-68, with a minute to play.
The Tigers got no closer, as Washington State (10-2) continued to make a living at the free throw line. The Cougars made 29-of-38 free throws (77.5 percent) on the evenin.
With 8.2 seconds to play in overtime and trailing by two, LSU gained possession on a charging call. However, a three pointer by LSU guard Bo Spencer was off the mark in the closing seconds.
Spencer led LSU with 23 points on 6-of-20 shooting, while Mitchell added 18 points and 14 rebounds.
Klay Thompson led four Cougars in double figures scoring with 26 points including 10-of-12 free-throw shooting and 7-of-18 from the field.
Leading 62-60 with 20 seconds to play in regulation, LSU guard Chris Bass missed two free throws allowing Washington State's DeAngelo Casto to make a running jumper with seven seconds left that tied the game and forced overtime.
LSU will next play on Dec. 29 in Cincinnati against Xavier. The Tigers next home game is Jan. 2 versus Utah.