The up-and-down season for the LSU Tiger’s men’s basketball team continued Thursday night in Athens as the Georgia Bulldogs beat LSU 91-78 to snap their three-game losing streak and prevented the Tiger’s from winning for the fifth time in the last six games.
LSU struggled in the paint all night long as Georgia dominated on the offensive end as they routinely beat the LSU defense on the blocks for high-percentage shot attempts which is why they shot a staggering 60 percent from the field.
That number is unacceptable against anyone, let along a 10-10 team, but what was so surprising was to see Georgia outrebound LSU considering LSU is the No. 11 rebounding team in the country while Georgia ranked 78th. Georgia finished with 36 rebounds to LSU’s 29.
Johnny O’Bryant III had a frustrating evening as the Tiger’s big man struggled with foul trouble and was unable to get in a rhythm after looking so dominant in recent outings. He and Shavon Coleman both fouled out after combining for 12 points on 5-16 shooting.
LSU did get nice games out of Jordan Mickey and Andre Stringer who led the team with 19 points apiece and Jarell Martin who chipped in with 15 of his own. Mickey added seven rebounds and two more blocks as he tried to provide some defense in the low post, but fouls were the story in this game as LSU was called for 33 to only 18 for Georgia.
This LSU team can compete with the best of them when they’re playing their best which they certainly did not do tonight, but there is still time to make a push for the NCAA Tournament, but time is running out as they look to enhance their resume for the selection committee.
Next up for LSU is a home date with the Auburn Tigers (11-9) on Saturday at 3:00 p.m. CT where they will look to right the ship and start a new winning streak.