LSU had a 57 to 49 lead over Memphis with 11:33 left in the game, but thats when Memphis went on a run. Memphis ended up winning the game by seven but the game was much closer than the 76 to 69 final score suggested. Anthony Hickey hit a three to cut the Memphis lead to just three with 16 seconds to go. The Tigers were not able to hit their shots at the end and it was their undoing.
Turnovers were a major problem for the LSU Tigers. LSU turned the ball over 24 times compared to just 10 for Memphis. LSU turnovers frequently started Memphis runs. Johnny O’Bryant had a team worst ten turnovers for LSU, but also led the team with nine rebounds.
Anthony Hickey had a team high twenty points for LSU but it took him 19 shots to reach his point total. Hickey shot 8 for 19 from the field and just 4 for 14 from the three point line. Andre Stringer was LSU’s leading scoring entering the game but never got going against Memphis. He shot just 1-5 on the night for two points, 16 below his season average.
Freshman, Austin Nichols was the main man for Memphis. He led his team in both scoring and rebounding, with 19 points and 8 rebounds.
LSU lost but there are many things they can take away from the game. LSU played tight with a top-25 team and college basketball powerhouse. If LSU can cut down on their turnovers, they have the potential to have a quality SEC season.