Well wasn’t that a hat trick of a garbage weekend for LSU sports? In three straight days both the LSU Basketball and Football teams have fallen, albeit the most recent in significantly milder fashion. At least our time and hearts were spared for this one.
The #19 LSU Tigers lost to the Oklahoma State Cowboys 90-77 to drop their record to 5-2. The Cowboys improve to 4-2 behind an incredible 28 point performance by junior Cameron McGriff.
The Tigers started off both halves incredibly slow, and found themselves down 14 points with 15 minutes left in the game after being outscored 11-2 out the gate of the second half. They were never really able to recover from that deficit for the rest of the game; they just couldn’t stop the Cowboys from scoring.
While the 8-of-16 three point shooting helped set the tone for the Cowboys, Cameron McGriff’s paint presence in scoring 28 points on 15 shots just continually tore through the Tiger front court. I hope Reid takes the next week or so to rest up whatever injury he’s dealing with, because this year’s SEC will eat him alive with the kind of performance he showed today.
Skylar Mays had one of the better performances for the Tigers, leading scoring with 20 points and adding 3 rebounds, an assist and 2 steals to his stat line. Kavell Bigby-Williams added 12 points of his own and led LSU with 7 rebounds.
All in all, this is no reason to panic. It’s a huge lesson for the entire team to learn, because most of the team wasn’t around for this lesson last year. For those who need a reminder, after LSU was over the moon with self-confidence from beating eventual national championship runner-up Michigan in Maui, they lost back-to-back games to Notre Dame and Marquette by a combined 49 points. It’s not a coincidence that the only positive stat lines worth mentioning come from players who were a part of that trip to Maui.
The Tigers return to Baton Rouge for their next home game against the 3-3 Grambling State Tigers Saturday. That contest will tip off at 4pm and will stream live on the SEC Network+.