Tremont Waters drilled a 3-pointer with 3.7 seconds left to send LSU basketball into overtime at South Carolina, but the Tigers ran out of gas and offense in the extra 5 minutes as the Gamecocks eked out a 83-74 win.
LSU failed to score in the first 4 minutes of overtime after Waters’ dramatic trey extended the game.
The Tigers trailed by as many as 15 points with 10 minutes, 28 seconds remaining in the second half before mounting a furious rally. LSU outscored South Carolina 30-15 in the final 10 minutes of regulation.
However, it was the Gamecocks who had the final run, outscoring the Tigers 11-2 in overtime.
LSU, which entered the game as an extreme long shot for the NCAA Tournament, will now need to win the SEC Tournament to reach the field.
Tremont Waters’ clutch shot
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3s key to South Carolina’s success
South Carolina is one of the nation’s least-potent 3-point shooting teams. Unfortunately for LSU, there was no way of telling that to be the case on Wednesday night.
The Gamecocks came into the game ranked 309th nationally with 32.1 percent shooting from downtown. The Gamecocks shot a blistering 52 percent (12 of 23) against the Tigers. Guard Frank Booker was a man possessed, drilling 6 of 7 from outside on his way to a game-high 25 points.
Unexpected LSU contributor
When guard Daryl Edwards was scratched after suffering a reported hip injury in warmups, freshman Brandon Rachal was forced into a bigger role than his usual mop-up duty. Rachal responded in a big way with a game-high 13 rebounds to go along with 7 points.
Rachal’s previous career high on the glass was 7 rebounds against UNC-Wilmington.
LSU-South Carolina box score
What’s next for LSU basketball?
The Tigers (16-13 overall, 7-10 SEC) close out the regular season against Mississippi State on Saturday. The game tips at noon CT at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.