It was the worst effort of the year for the Tennessee Vols as LSU broke a 15 game losing streak, 92-82.
The Vols led 46-42 at the break but left their energy in the locker room as they were outscored 50-36 after intermission. The Big Orange started the half making only 3 of their first 20 shots and allowed the Tigers to score at will.
The loss is the Vols fifth in six contest as the Vols are limping home down the stretch.
Tennessee heads home for the regular season finale against Alabama on Saturday with a 15-15 overall record and 7-10 in the SEC.
Offense: Unlike the previous few games, Tennessee got off to a good start on the offensive end. The Vols made their first three shot attempts from 3-point range and shot 57% from the floor in the first 20 minutes.
Tennessee finished the contest shooting 41 perecent from the floor and 10 of 23 from outside the arc.
Tennessee was led in scoring by the trio of Grant Williams, Shembari Phillips and Lamonte Turner all with 16 each.
Jordan Bowden, in his first action since having a bout with pneumonia, added eight in limited minutes.
Jordan Bone finished with nine points but all were in the first half.
Tennessee finished with 12 assists and committed 14 turnovers.
Defense: This was by far the worst effort of the year on defense for Rick Barnes and company.
LSU shot 50 percent from the floor and scored without much resistance from start to finish.
LSU also had plenty of success from outside the arc making 7 of 15 shots from downtown.
Unlike previous games, LSU was able to protect the basketball as the Vols were only able to force eight turnovers.
Admiral Schofield was plagued with foul trouble all night and was a non factor for the Vols.
Rebounding: The Vols and Tigers played most of this game evenly matched on the glass. Tennessee eventually won the overall rebounding battle 38-33.
Neither team was able to get on the offense glass with any kind of success as the Vols won that stat 11-8.
The Vols were led on glass by Williams with 13 and Phillips had seven but no other Vol had more than four.
As poorly as the Vols shot the ball in the second half, they desperately needed this area to bail them out and the energy just wasn't there.