LSU, Blakeney use strong second half to key 88-77 comeback win over Missouri

By CODY WORSHAM | Tiger Rag Editor

Antonio Blakeney scored 17 of his game-high 24 points in the second half, keying a 53-point LSU outburst in an 88-77 win over Missouri in Columbia on Wednesday night.

Blakeney hit six shots in a row after hitting two of his first seven, including his first five of the second half, to help LSU (9-4, 1-1 SEC) overcome 40-35 halftime deficit. He scored 11 points in a three-minute spurt early in the second, including back-to-back 3s at the 14 minute mark to give LSU its first lead since the 14 minute mark of the first half.

Missouri (5-8, 0-2 SEC) would tie it at 56, but LSU answered with a decisive 15-2 run, hitting seven shots in a row to pull away.

Four others joined Blakeney in double figures. Aaron Epps and Jalyn Patterson each had 11, while Brandon Sampson and Wayde Sims both chipped in 10 points and 8 rebounds.

LSU outscored Missouri 46-30 in the paint and 26-12 in bench points. Jordan Barnett led the hosts with 18 points, 14 of which came in the first half.

For Blakeney, it was the third straight game of 20 or more points, the second time he’s accomplished that feat in his career and the first time this season. For LSU, it was the fourth win on the season after trailing at the half.

The Tigers return to the floor Saturday for a 2:30 home tipoff against Mississippi State.



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