COLUMBIA, Mo. — LSU landed a flurry of blows early against in building a 13-point lead against Missouri at Mizzou Arena.
Unfortunately, Mizzou soon started grinding away inside, answering LSU’s early run with a 19-4 first run to retake the lead and pull away in a 89-76 victory Saturday.
LSU (17-10, 8-8 Southeastern Conference) was paced by 22 points from guard Anthony Hickey, while guard Charles Carmouche continued an impressive string of recent performances with 21 points, including 14 in the second half.
Yet Missouri (21-8, 10-6) pounded LSU in the paint, outscoring them 52-24, and on the glass for a plus-4 rebound margin and a 24-13 edge in second chance points. Forward Laurence Bowers scored 23 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, while fellow senior Alex Oriahki chipped in 18 points and 10 rebounds.
The Tigers shot 58.1 percent from the floor, a season-worst for LSU defensively. Meanwhile, LSU shot 41.9 percent, and they relieved heavily on the 3-point ball in hitting 12 of 28 attempts.
LSU jumped out to a quick 25-12 lead with 10:31 left in the first half, largely on the back of an 11-2 run started by a 6 of 8 performance behind the 3-point line and capped off by Carmouche’s 3 in the left corner before a TV timeout.
Out of the break, though, Mizzou rallied, starting in the lane on an Oriahki lay-up and five-consecutive points from guard Keion Bell, who put the MU back in front 31-29 with a follow-up dunk in transition after Phil Pressey missed a lay-up at the 5:02 mark in the first half.
A jumper from Bowers pushed the lead to 41-33 with 2:33 left in the first half, and MU led 43-39 at halftime.
Carmouche hit a 3-pointer with 18:30 left to play in the second half to draw LSU within 48-44, but Mizzou popped off a 9-3 spurt to take a 57-47 lead on a free throw from Bowers. And Bowers made it a 76-60 game with 6:12 to play on an old-fashioned three-point play.
LSU cut the deficit to 80-72 when forward Johnny O’Bryant, who scored 14 of 18 points in the second half and grabbed 8 rebounds, hit the first of two free throws, but could not get closer in the final three minutes.
LSU travels to Texas A&M for a 7 p.m. tipoff on Wednesday.
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