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Notre Dame downs LSU 92-53 in Maui

5 years 3 months 3 weeks ago Tuesday, November 21 2017 Nov 21, 2017 November 21, 2017 11:24 PM November 21, 2017 in Sports
By: WBRZ Sports
Photo credit: Notre Dame Athletics

Maui, Hawaii - One day after "turning the page" for the LSU program, Will Wade's Tigers got a tough reality check against Notre Dame in Maui.

The Tigers losing to the Fighting Irish 92-53, but the final score may not be the worst loss on the night.

Less than a minute into the game, LSU forward Brandon Sampson came down hard on his ankle and couldn't put any weight on it while being helped to the Tiger locker room.

Coach Wade said after he game that Sampson would be out at least 3-4 weeks with a "severe high-ankle sprain" after an initial diagnosis. This comes as a heartbreaking blow to the Tigers' offense with the junior from Baton Rouge being the team's leading returning scorer (11.6 PPG) from a year ago, on top of being a leader both on and off the court for LSU.

LSU basketball officials confirmed Sampson was taken for X-rays but did not provide any more details on the ankle injury.

The Tiger offense struggled throughout the 40-minute contest scoring just 53 points while shooting 36% and giving the ball up on 17 turnovers.

Notre Dame ran away with the game in the second half to hand the Tigers their first loss on the season.

LSU will play Marquette in the Maui Invitational 3rd place game Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. on ESPN2.

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