BATON ROUGE, La. — In search of their first true road win of the season, the 17th-ranked Missouri Tigers came up short again, falling 73-70 to the LSU Tigers on Wednesday night at Pete Maravich Assembly Center.
Missouri (15-5, 4-3 SEC) tied the game at 6-6 on a 3-pointer by Jabari Brown early on, but LSU answered with an 11-0 run. LSU pushed the lead to 27-12 at the 8:36 mark, and the rout was on.
LSU (11-7, 2-5 SEC) led by as many as 16 points in the first half, and led 39-26 at the break. Mizzou shot 27% in the first half, while LSU shot 56%.
Early on in the second half, LSU matched their largest lead of the game, when a layup by Anthony Hickey made it 46-30 with 17:26 to play. That’s when Mizzou flipped the switch, embarking on a furious 12-point run that cut the deficit to 46-42 with 13:47 to play. Included in that run were eight consecutive points scored by Phil Pressey.
LSU quickly jumped back out to a 53-42 lead, but the other Tigers refused to go away. Pressey’s jumper with 3:38 to play cut the lead to 61-58. Andre Stringer answered with a four-point play pushed LSU’s lead to 65-58.
A 3-pointer by Earnest Ross narrowed the gap to 68-66 with :33 seconds to play, and Pressey’s layup cut Mizzou’s deficit to 72-70 with :14 seconds to play. Pressey missed a 3-point attempt to tie with :07 seconds left, and the clock ran out before Earnest Ross’s desperation 3-point attempt at the buzzer.
Coming off a knee sprain that sidelined him for 5 games, Mizzou’s Laurence Bowers returned to the starting lineup, adding 10 points and six rebounds in 32 minutes of play. Pressey led the Tigers with 25 points, four rebounds, five assists, and four steals. Brown finished with 19 points and seven rebounds.
Hickey led LSU with 20 points, while Johnny O’ Bryant III added 14 points and 11 rebounds. LSU shot 56% from the field, and 35% from beyond the arc. Mizzou shot 38% from the field, and went 7-25 to finish 28% from 3-point range. Mizzou outrebounded LSU 38-24.
Missouri hosts the Auburn Tigers on Saturday afternoon at Mizzou Arena.