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LSU drops heartbreaker to No. 10 Texas Tech, 76-71, in SEC/Big 12 Challenge

LSU Men’s Basketball
LSU guard Javonte Smart (1)
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Updated: Jan. 30, 2021 at 5:47 PM CST
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BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - The LSU men’s basketball team fought hard the entire game but No. 10 Texas Tech went on a 12-0 run in the final minute to take the win at the PMAC on Saturday, Jan. 30, as part of the SEC/Big 12 Challenge.

The Tigers (11-5, 6-3 SEC) fell 76-71 to the Red Raiders (12-5, 4-4 Big 12). LSU had turnovers, missed free throws, and air balls on shots in the final moments of the game.

Javonte Smart tied a career-high with 29 points on 12-of-18 shooting from the field and 4-of-7 on 3-pointers. He also scored 29 in an 82-80 overtime win for No. 13 LSU over No. 5 Tennessee on Feb. 23, 2019. He also had three steals. Cam Thomas added 25 points.

Terrence Shannon Jr. led Texas Tech with a double-double on 23 points and 10 rebounds. Mac McClung added 22 points and five rebounds.

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The Tigers led by as many as eight points in the first half but held just a one-point advantage at halftime, 33-32. A putback by Shareef O’Neal put LSU up 64-71 with 1:06 to go in the game. Then, McClung hit two 3-pointers to make it 71-70. The Red Raiders then made a layup and four free throws to secure the win.

LSU shot 43% from the field, while Texas Tech made 42% of its shots from the floor. The Tigers were 39% on 3-pointers and the Red Raiders were 30% from beyond the arc. LSU struggled at the free throw line, making just 12-of-18 (67%), which is huge in a five-point loss. Texas Tech was 17-of-21 (81%) from the charity stripe.

LSU was outrebounded 41-29. The Tigers also had foul trouble. They were called for five charges. Trendon Watford fouled out in the final seconds with just four points and four rebounds. He picked up a technical foul with less than 10:00 left in the game. The Texas Tech bench outscored LSU’s bench, 28-2.

Darius Days went down with an injury midway through the second half and didn’t return. He finished with 11 points and nine rebounds. Head coach Will Wade said it is a knee injury that will sideline Days for a “couple weeks.”

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LSU will travel to Tuscaloosa, Ala. to face No. 9 Alabama in Coleman Coliseum on Wednesday, Feb. 3, at 6 p.m. on ESPN2. The Tigers were blown out 105-75 by the Tide when the teams met on Jan. 19.

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