Tuesday night’s game was a key SEC match-up between two teams with 2-2 conference records. It was a thrilling game that went back and forth, but in the end Jordan Mickey and Shavon Coleman led LSU to the victory over Missouri, 77-71.
In the first half LSU shot threes early and often, 17 of their 31 shot attempts came from deep, and they were able to sink 6 of them. LSU’s explosion from downtown helped them to a 38-33 lead at the break.
Missouri stormed out of the half with a 12-3 run to give them a 4 point advantage, but LSU was able to recover and quickly regain the lead. The game remained close, setting up an exciting finish. Missouri trailing at the end of the game tried to stage a comeback, but Anthony Hickey, who is shooting just 50% from the free throw line this season, went 4 for 4 from the line to put the game away.
Three players seemed to be doing all the work for Missouri, as Jordan Clarkson, Earnest Ross, and Jabari Brown accounted for 63 of their team’s 71 points.
Brown put on a shooting clinic, leading all scorers with 28 points, while making 67% of his shots.
Ross had a double-double, scoring 16 points and grabbing 11 boards.
Mickey was once again sensational, stuffing the stat sheet with 14 points, 13 rebounds and 5 blocks.
Shavon Coleman had his best game of the year. The senior forward had several highlight reel plays that brought the crowd to their feet. He finished the game with 19 points, 5 rebounds, 2 steals, and a blocked shot.
LSU will try to win their third straight SEC game this Saturday, when they go on the road to take on the Alabama Crimson tide, at 7:00 CT.