By CODY WORSHAM
Tiger Rag Editor
Ben Simmons scored 21 points off the bench, and Antonio Blakeney added 20, but LSU turned the ball over 16 times on the road, losing to Tennessee 81-65.
The loss was LSU’s second straight in the league, but with Texas A&M’s 79-77 win over Kentucky, the Tigers (16-11, 9-5 SEC) remain a game out of first place in the SEC.
Armani Moore led Tennessee (13-14, 6-8 SEC) with 17 points, 10 rebounds, and 7 assists, while Robert Hubbs III scored a team-high 19 points. The Volunteers, without leading scorer Kevin Punter, shot 64.5% in the second half from the field.
Simmons started the game on the bench, a move Johnny Jones told ESPNU’s broadcast was the result of an academic matter. He played the rest of the game, however.
LSU was without Keith Hornsby for the entire second half. Hornsby appeared to re-aggrivate the sports hernia that sidelined him for LSU’s first seven games.
The Tigers return to action Tuesday at Arkansas.