For the first time all year, the LSU basketball team faced a non-conference road test. And it’s a good thing it’ll be the only time too.
LSU basketball was overmatched from the get-go Thursday night, falling to Wake Forest 110-76. Wake Forest started game off on a 10-0 run and never relented, making 16 3-pointers and shooting 59 percent from the field.
Sophomore guard Antonio Blakeney represented almost all of LSU’s offense, scoring 21 points on a 7-for-14 shooting night. The Tigers had troubles with turnovers all night, letting the ball go 17 times.
Player of the Game: Kostantinos Mitoglou
Wake Forest’s Greek big man dominated the Tigers. Mitoglou scored 28 points on a 10-of-14 scoring, including an 8-of-11 night from behind the 3-point line.
In 29 minutes of action, Mitoglou posted a +/- grade of +29, the best of any player in the game.
Stat of the Game: 16-for-26
Wake Forest killed LSU from deep, making 16 3-pointers. By comparison, LSU shot 4-for-14 from deep. Despite the rebounding and turnover battles being virtually even, the disparity in 3-pointers was more than the difference.
Coming into tonight’s game, opponents shot 27.8 percent from beyond the arc against the Tigers and made an average of 6.1 deep balls per game. But LSU’s relative inexperience at guard, especially on defense, changed this trend.
With less than five minutes remaining in the first half, LSU managed to cut Wake Forest’s lead to 31-30.
But after the trim, Mitoglou knocked down back-to-back jumpers to extend Wake’s lead back to six points. Wake Forest went into halftime leading 43-38, a mark that jumped up to 58-42 by the time four minutes passed in the second half.
What’s next for LSU basketball?
The Tigers return to Baton Rouge for the beginning of SEC play, hosting Vanderbilt on Dec. 29. The game will be played at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center at 8 p.m. CT and be broadcast on ESPNU.