Mickey's monster game not enough as LSU hoops falls to MSU 73-67
STARKVILLE, MS - Jordan Mickey scored a career-high 25 points to go with 20 rebounds, but it wasn't enough as the LSU basketball team suffered a bad loss at Mississippi State 73-67 on Saturday.
The Tigers are trying to build a positive NCAA tournament resume, but the tournament committee will not look kindly on a loss to a middle-of-the-pack Bulldogs team that improved to 10-11 (3-5 SEC) this season.
Despite the big afternoon from Mickey, the Tigers (16-5, 5-3) shot just 29% from the field in the first half, and point-scoring mainstays Jarell Martin and Tim Quarterman were held to 2 and 4 points, respectively.
Martin's only points of the game gave the Tigers a 57-54 lead with 4:18 remaining but Roquez Johnson slammed home a dunk less than a minute later to give the Bulldogs a 58-57 lead, a lead Mississippi State never relinquished.
The Tigers now turn their attention to the Auburn Tigers February 5 at 6pm, the first of three straight home games for LSU.