LSU had won five of their past seven games heading into their games vs. the Texas A&M Aggies who had lost six of their last seven, so it appeared on paper that the Tigers would be in for an easy win tonight at Reed Arena in College Station, but that wasn’t the case.
The Tigers’ road woes continued as they fell to the Aggies 83-73. LSU is now 15-8, 6-5 in SEC play and may need a deep run in the SEC tournament to secure an NCAA Tournament bid.
Is #LSU basketball a disappointment or were expectations too much too soon? Some of both but Tigers are talented and undisciplined.
— Scott Rabalais (@RabalaisAdv) February 13, 2014
After the first half the Aggies took a 43-37 lead at halftime with Davonte Fitzgerald leading the Aggies with 11 points courtesy of 3-4 shooting from three-point range. He helped the Aggies bench outscore the LSU bench 33-4.
A&M was able to built their lead in part because of nine offensive rebounds which gave the Aggies too many second chance points. The second half saw the three-point shots continue to fall for the Aggies as Jamal Jones finished with five trey’s on nine attempts and finished with a team-high 19 points.
For the sixth time in 11 conference games, LSU has allowed at least 80 points. Their interior defense continues to be a sore spot and tonight they let A&M shoot 10-23 from beyond the arc.
Johnny O’Bryant was plagued by fouls yet again as LSU continues to struggle without their veteran big man. When he has to sit on the bench due to fouls, the team looks completely different on both ends of the court.
Shavon Coleman scored a game-high 21 points to lead the way for LSU. O’Bryant had 15 and six rebounds with Jordan Mickey adding 13 points and seven more rebounds as he continues his play as one of the top freshmen in the SEC.
Next up for LSU is a Saturday road date with the Arkansas Razorbacks at 4:00 p.m. CT as the Tigers will try to snap their four-game road losing streak and pick up their first road win since their 71-68 win at the South Carolina Gamecocks on Jan. 11.