Terrill Weil, Tiger Rag

LSU Basketball loses overtime heartbreaker to Florida State

November 23, 2018 - 11:46 pm

Tyler Nunez, Assistant Editor of Tiger Rag 

No. 19 LSU suffered its first loss of the season Friday afternoon in a 79-76 overtime loss to No. 14 Florida State in a semifinal matchup of the Advocare Invitational in Orlando, Fla.

The Tigers led for most of the second half, but the Seminoles came back late and forced overtime they won on a fortunate bounce on a 3-pointer by Mfiondu Kabengele that fell through the net with 0.5 seconds remaining on the clock.

LSU led by 9 points with 3:05 remaining in the game, but Florida State chipped its way back with Forrest hitting a jumper and two layups in the final two minutes of the game to tie the game.

In the second half, Tremont Waters missed the back end of two free throws that would have made it a 3-point game with 10 seconds left, allowing Trent Forrest to go coast to coast for a layup that tied the game at 68 apiece and ultimately sent the game to overtime.

Naz Reid had a chance to win it as he got a 3-point shot off in time, but it bounced off the back of the rim.

Reid played 41 minutes, but he still didn’t quite look like himself as he shot 4 for 10 for 12 points with just two rebounds.

Ja’vonte Smart and Skylar Mays made the offense go in the second half with each shooting well and Mays distributing the ball effectively in transition.

Mays finished the game with 19 points and five rebounds after shooting 7 of 9 from the field, while Smart shot 6 for 13 for 16 points, five rebounds and eight assists.

The Tigers will return to the HP Fieldhouse on Sunday at 3 p.m. for what will essentially be a third place game against Oklahoma State.

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