Vols fall at LSU, 78-65
Tennessee shot just 35 percent from the field, while the Tigers shot 52 percent
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - A tough day from the field and 20-point outputs from Cam Thomas and Javonte Smart were too much for the No. 16 Tennessee basketball team to overcome, as it fell to LSU, 78-65, on Saturday at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.
The Vols (14-5, 7-5) shot just 35 percent from the field, while the Tigers (13-6, 8-4) shot the ball at a highly efficient clip of 52 percent.
Freshman Jaden Springer led the Vols in scoring on Saturday, finishing with 21 points, and eclipsing 20 points for the third consecutive contest. Springer also concluded the afternoon with six rebounds and a season-high seven assists with just one turnover.
Classmate Keon Johnson finished with 10 points, three rebounds and a pair of steals.
Sophomore Santiago Vescovi was the third Vol to reach double-figures as he dropped in 13 points on 4-of-9 shooting.
Fellow sophomore Olivier Nkamhoua was effective in seven minutes off the bench, scoring four points and pulling in three rebounds, while boasting a team-best plus/minus rating of +13. Yet again, sophomore guard Josiah-Jordan James was all over the stat sheet scoring nine points, grabbing six rebounds and recording two steals and a block on the day.
LSU controlled a majority of the opening half, using a 16-4 run through the middle portions of the period to take a lead as a large as 12.
Over the final five minutes, the Vols used a 10-3 run of their own to cut their deficit to just five as the Tigers took a slim, 31-26 lead into the break.
LSU continued to hold the edge as the contest reached its latter stages, taking a strong 59-49 lead into the final 7:44 of the afternoon.
The Tigers held off the Vols during the final stretches of the contest to cement the final score.
Up Next: Tennessee returns home for a late-night Tuesday showdown with South Carolina. The opening tap from Thompson-Boling Arena is set for 8:30 p.m. on SEC Network.
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