ST. LOUIS, Mo. – The LSU Tigers couldn’t quite overcome a 19-point first-half lead by Mississippi State, falling to the Bulldogs, 80-77, in a second round game Thursday at the Southeastern Conference Basketball Tournament at the Scottrade Center.
Final recap, quotes and video highlights from Thursday's SEC Tourney game between LSU and Miss. State. Tigers fall, 80-77 and await post-season bid to NIT. https://t.co/9kgGptc5fq
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The Tigers, 17-14, now await a post-season bid probably in the NIT with the possibility of hosting a first-round game still alive. Mississippi State won its 22nd game in 32 starts and will face league co-champion and second seed Tennessee in the 6 p.m. game on Quarterfinal Friday.
The Tigers were down 19 points, 42-23, with 2:21 after a free throw by Q Weatherspoon. But by then most of the damage had been done by the Bulldogs as they shot 64 percent in the first half (16-of-25) and 9-of-12 from the arc. LSU made just 10-of-30 field goal attempts, including 5-of-17 treys and 4-of-8 free throws.
LSU did outscore the Bulldogs 6-3 in the final two minutes to cut the halftime margin to 45-29 in favor of State, who in the end would be LSU in the tourney for the second straight year and for the fifth straight time overall in the event.