You never get a second chance at a first impression and LSU’s (4-3) first ever game in the SEC/ACC Challenge is going to leave a sour taste.
LSU’s offense didn’t travel with them as the Tigers lost to Syracuse Tuesday night in the Carrier Dome 80-57. LSU shot 39 percent from the floor and a cool nine (9) percent from three.
“The first half, I thought offensively, the numbers won’t reflect it, but when we moved the ball, I thought we got some good shots,” Matt McMahon said. “We weren’t able to convert some of those, we turned it over too many times but at one point we were plus 10 on the glass.”
It’s important to note that while LSU was, as McMahon said, “at one point” +10 on the glass they ended the game -7. That’s a -17 change in rebounding for those of you keeping score.
Jordan Wright led LSU with 15 points, while Jalen Reed had the best game of his collegiate career with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Syracuse’s Judah Mintz led all scorers with 33 points and got fouled 11 times. Mintz was nearly perfect hitting 14 of 15 free throws.
It’s probably going to be another long season for men’s hoops and now that football has ended it’s going to be a lot tougher to ignore them. Hopefully the women’s team can carry us through.