From LSU Sports
BATON ROUGE – The LSU men's basketball team made it two straight Southeastern Conference victories at home Tuesday night, playing a strong final 12 minutes to get a 77-71 win over Missouri at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.
The Tigers rallied from four down twice in the first five minutes of the second half and made some huge free throws down the stretch to keep Missouri at bay.
LSU is now 12-5 on the year and 3-2 overall, while Missouri fell to 14-4 and 2-3 in the SEC. LSU now travels to Tuscaloosa on Saturday for a 7 p.m. game on ESPN2 at Coleman Coliseum against the University of Alabama.
LSU was led in scoring by Shavon Coleman who played 32 minutes and hit 7-of-11 field goals, including three treys to finish with 19 points. Johnny O'Bryant III had another strong game inside, hitting 7-of-13 shots to finish with 16 points and Jordan Mickey posted his fifth double double and equaled his career high in rebounds with 13 as he scored 14 points on 5-of-8 shooting and 4-of-4 free throw shooting. Mickey also helped his lead league in blocked shots with five.
Andre Stringer was also in double figures with three treys and 12 points.
Missouri was led by Jabari Brown with 28 points, hitting 10-of-15 shots with five treys in 36 minutes. Jordan Clarkson had 19 and Earnest Ross had 16 points and 11 rebounds. The three Missouri guards combined for 63 of the team's 71 points.
Both teams made 26 field goals but Missouri had seven more attempts. LSU made 18-of-26 free throws, compared to 11-of-16 for Missouri and the home Tigers protected the home floor advantage in the final minutes by making 7-of-9 in the final 3:17 to take the lead for good and hold on down the stretch.
LSU had to rally in the final 3:41 after Missouri erased a 62-56 lead to take a 65-64 advantage on a Brown three-pointer. But Mickey hit two free throws at the 3:17 mark to give LSU the lead for good at 66-65. Missouri had a layup blocked; one of nine on the game, and Mickey hit a layup to extend the game to three. Two possessions later, Missouri would fumble the ball away and Tim Quarterman would get the steal and pass to Coleman for a layup that extended the lead to 70-65 with 1:18 to play.
Missouri got one free throw and LSU again was efficient on offense getting a JOBIII layup with 46 seconds left to go up 72-66. From there, Anthony Hickey made four free throws and Stringer added one late for the final score.
In the first half, the Tigers were able to get the lead early and other than one tie at 2-2, controlled the lead throughout the first 10 minutes of play. O'Bryant III continued his strong play early getting three baskets as LSU built as much as an eight-point 18-10 lead.
It was Coleman who had the hot hand from range for LSU, hitting three-of-five attempts as LSU got through the first 12 minutes, up 26-22.
But Missouri was getting the shots inside early on LSU, starting the game with a 12-4 advantage in the paint, an area LSU had averaged 33.6 points per game. By game's end, Missouri's advantage was only four, 34-30.
The game was being played at long-range through the first 12 minutes with 21 of the game's combined 42 shots coming from beyond the arc.
Missouri finally tied the game at the 6:27 mark, 26-26, on another paint layup by Tony Criswell and Missouri took its first lead of the night, 29-26, at the 5:53 mark of the half when Brown hit his third three-pointer of the first half prompting Coach Johnny Jones to call a time out. For Missouri it marked a 7-0 run.
Stringer would tie the game with a three at 29-29 with 4:35 left in the half. LSU would retake the lead on two free throws by Mickey at the 4:02 mark. LSU would go to the dressing room up 38-33, finishing on a 12-4 run.
But Missouri came out of the dressing room and scored the first seven points of the half to take a 40-38 lead on a layup by Johnathon Williams 1:15 into the second half. LSU tied the game for the sixth time at 40-40 on a Coleman dunk of a Malik Morgan miss, but Missouri would get a three-pointer from the corner by Ross and had its biggest lead of the game at four, 45-41, with 16:33 to go.
LSU then went on a 7-0 run of its own down 49-45 to take a 52-49 lead which then followed a possession in which Missouri missed four shots in close, two which were spectacularly blocked by Mickey. A Coleman free throw made it 53-49 before Brown would score for Missouri to end the run.