By CODY WORSHAM | Tiger Rag Editor
LSU’s record-setting 15th straight defeat might’ve been its hardest yet to swallow.
The Tigers rallied back from a 13-point second half deficit to lead with six seconds remaining, but Georgia’s J.J. Frazier drove the length of the floor and buried a pair of free throws to hand Johnny Jones’ squad an 82-80 loss.
The 15 defeats in a row are a new school record, breaking the 14 set 50 years ago in 1966-67.
Frazier led all scorers with 29 points and 8 assists. Antonio Blakeney scored 20 to pace LSU, while Brandon Sampson scored 15 points and added 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Skylar Mays tallied 15 points in defeat.
Trailing 55-42 with 16:47 to play, LSU looked out of it, particularly after Georgia shot 54 percent in the first half. But Brian Bridgewater gave the Tigers a spark off the bench, finishing the night with a +17 plus-minus in 17 minutes. His presence helped LSU key a 15-6 run to pull within a point with 12:22 to go.
After holding the Bulldogs without a field goal for more than three minutes in crunch time, the Tigers finally claimed a lead on Wayde Sims’ putback with 1:25 to go, and a Blakeney runner at the 52 second mark put LSU up 80-77.
But Derek Ogbeide’s layup and Frazier’s free throws were the difference. Up 80-79, the Tigers had several looks at the rim, but Duop Reath and Sims’ putback attempts of a Blakeney miss were off the mark.
LSU returns to action on Wednesday for a home tilt with Tennessee. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m.