The LSU Men’s basketball team had their five-game winning streak snapped Saturday night when they fell 74070 to Rhode Island to drop to 9-2 on the season in their final game before SEC play begins Tuesday vs. the Tennessee Volunteers.
The Tigers had won nine of the previous 10 games but could not overcome the Rams who dominated LSU on the glass, which is normally the bread and butter for LSU. Rhode Island outrebounded LSU 46-32 in the game to overcompensate for their 22 turnovers.
“We came out not as sharp as we needed to,” LSU coach Johnny Jones said. “We continued to battle in the first half, but we settled a bit too much. We didn’t execute offensively and we didn’t make the tough plays.”In the first ten minutes of the second half, our guys did an excellent job of getting back in the game and tying it. Rhode Island did more of the same. They made the tough plays, played well inside and wound up getting out of here with a victory.”
LSU entered the game 10th in the nation in rebounds per game, but 6-8 Gilvydas Biruta was a beast in the paint as he finished with 14 rebounds to go with his 19 points. 6-5 freshman guard E.C. Matthews led Rhode Island with 21 points and his nine rebounds were three more than Andre Stringer who led LSU with six.
Jordan Mickey led LSU with 21 in a game that saw both teams make runs in a game that went back and forth and then when you thought Rhode Island had it in the bag, LSU would make a run to make it close.
Alas, LSU just ran out of time tonight and fell a couple plays short. LSU looks to regroup against a 9-4 Tennessee team at home at 6pm. CT on Jan. 7.