A couple days after giving No. 14 Florida State all it could handle, No. 19 LSU looked out of sorts in Sunday’s game against Oklahoma State for third place in the Advocare Invitational.
The Tigers (5-2) fell 90-77 to the Cowboys (4-2) and come back from Orlando, Fla., having gone 1-2 in the tournament.
Oklahoma State opened the game on a 15-2 run as LSU came out sluggish.
The Tigers showed some life after getting punched in the mouth, however, and chipped away at the deficit until using an 11-0 run to take a 35-33 lead with 3:02 remaining in the half.
But the lead didn’t last long as Oklahoma State finished the half on a 7-0 run to take a 42-37 lead into halftime.
LSU once again came out of the break out of sorts, scoring just three points in the first seven minutes of the second half, allowing the Cowboys to take a commanding lead they never looked back from.
One bright spot that continued to shine through the game was the play of junior guard Skylar Mays
Mays, who provided the Tigers’ most consistent option throughout the tournament finished the game shooting 8 for 11 for 20 points.
Kavell Bigby-Willams made the most of his 18 minutes on the floor, shooting 6 for 9 for 12 points to go along with seven rebounds.
Cameron McGriff led Oklahoma State with 28 points thanks to a 66.7 percent shooting clip.
The Tigers return to Baton Rouge in the midst of their first losing streak of the season. They’ll have six days to regroup before returning to the hardwood in the PMAC for an in-state showdown against Grambling on Saturday at 4 p.m.
The tournament served as a potential wake-up call for a young LSU squad that showed its biggest holes in its game so far this season.
In two games against power-five conference teams, the Tigers dropped a heartbreaker to Florida State before getting routed by the Cowboys.
Prior to the start of the tournament, Wade referred to the tournament as essentially a business trip. Business didn’t got he Tigers’ way this Thanksgiving weekend, and they showed they have plenty to work on before Southeastern Conference play begins in a bit more than a month.