COLUMBIA, Mo. — LSU came to Missouri on the same day that embattled Mizzou coach Kim Anderson received the dreaded vote of confidence from his “disappointed” athletic director.
LSU coach Johnny Jones will be able to avoid the same treatment from athletic director Joe Alleva for the time being after the visiting Tigers knocked off the host Tigers, 88-77.
As has been habit for LSU (9-4, 1-1 SEC), the Bayou Bengals got off to a slow start in the first half before pulling away after the break. Missouri, which entered the game 322nd in the country in effective field goal percentage, according to KenPom.com, shot 47 percent in the first half to take a 40-35 lead.
However, LSU was able to force Mizzou to revert to form in the second half, limiting the home Tigers to 37 points on 12-of-31 shooting from the field. It’s LSU fourth win this season after trailing at halftime.
LSU player of the game: Antonio Blakeney
As he is known to do, Blakeney got red hot to push the LSU offense over the top. The guard finished with 24 points on 10-of-20 shooting with three 3-pointers. Blakeney also chipped in on the glass with 6 rebounds.
Stat of the game: 26 bench points
LSU’s bench was crucial to the Tigers’ first true road win this season.
LSU’s bench outscored Missouri’s, 26-12, led by 11 points from guard Jalyn Patterson and 10 from forward Wayde Sims.
Amazingly, LSU turned it on when center Duop Reath went to the bench after picking up his fourth foul with 14:25 left to play in a tie game.
LSU’s smaller lineup ran rampant against Missouri, going on a 20-6 run over the next 5:11 to put LSU well in control of the game. Sims and Kieran Hayward both logged crucial minutes on both sides of the ball to help the cause.
What’s next for LSU basketball?
The Tigers look turn their first SEC victory into a winning streak this Saturday against Mississippi State. The Bulldogs (9-4, 0-1) have lost to Lehigh and East Tennessee State in their nonconference schedule.
The game is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. CST at the PMAC and will be televised on SEC Network.