Jan 7, 2014; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; Tennessee Volunteers guard Josh Richardson (1) guards LSU Tigers forward Jarell Martin (12) during the first half at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

LSU vs. Tennessee final score: Tigers fall 68-50 in SEC opener

The LSU Tigers and Tennessee Volunteers kicked off SEC play in Baton Rouge, Louisiana with Tennessee looking like the team that wanted it more as they came away with a 68-50 victory.

The first half see-sawed back and forth until 6:30 left in the half when Antonio Barton hit his second of four first half three pointers to start an 18-4 Tennessee run. Anthony Hickey hit a runner right before the halftime and the Tigers went into the half trailing 38 to 24.

In the second half the Volunteers didn’t really add to their lead but they were able to keep LSU from cutting into it. The closest the Tigers ever got in the second half was trailing by 12 points.

A big reason for the victory was how Tennessee dominated on the boards as LSU failed to clean up on the glass for the second straight game, they are 0-2 in those games.  The Volunteers outrebounded the Tigers 40 to 28.

Tennessee also had a big advantage from deep, making 8 of their 15 three point attempts, while LSU was only able to connect on 2 of 14.

Jarnell Stokes was the top performer for either side today, playing on his birthday the 6-8 junior had 15 points, 15 rebounds, and four steals.

Jordan Mickey had another great performance for the Tigers. He had a team high 14 points, while shooting 70 percent from the field. He continued with his dominant defense, picking up five blocks.

LSU will try to rebound from their performance on Saturday at South Carolina.

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