Men's Hoops Suffers First Defeat at Boise St.
BOISE, Idaho - Corban Collins came away with a career-best 19 points highlighted by five three-pointers, but the LSU men's basketball team was knocked from the ranks of the undefeated and handed an 89-70 defeat at Boise State Friday at Taco Bell Arena.
The 70 points for LSU (6-1) were a season-low for the Tigers, and the first loss suffered under first-year coach Johnny Jones. LSU entered the evening as one of 14 teams undefeated in the nation.
Johnny O'Bryant III chipped in 15 points and five rebounds for LSU. He fouled out with just under eight minutes left in the second half and his run of three straight double-doubles came to a close. Shavon Coleman added 11 points and seven rebounds off the bench.
Boise State (7-2) was fueled by Anthony Drmic and Derrick Marks. The duo combined for 57 points highlighted by Drmic's career-best 34 on 12-of-18 shooting. He nailed six triples, while Marks knocked down all 12 of his free throw attempts to claim 23 points. Ryan Watkins turned in a solid effort and compiled 12 points to go along with a game-high 17 rebounds.
The Broncos charged out to an early 6-0 advantage, but LSU responded with 10 of the next 13 points. O'Bryant III's jumper put the Tigers for the first time at 10-9, and LSU capped a 19-5 spurt with a Collins three-ball to go ahead by 19-11 margin at the 12:30 mark of the opening half.
With LSU up 26-25, Boise State turned the tables and finished the opening half with a flurry. The Broncos reeled off 18 of the final 22 points of the stanza and took a 43-30 lead going into the locker room. Drmic notched 19 first-half points on 7-of-10 from the floor.
Boise State pushed the spread to as big as 20 points at 60-40 before the Tigers pieced together nine straight points capped by an Anthony Hickey triple with 10:22 remaining.
The Broncos regrouped and Drmic's dunk with 5:30 on the clock put Boise State back up 77-58.
LSU moves into the middle leg of a three-game road swing Tuesday at UC Irvine. Tip-off is scheduled for 9 p.m. CT from the Bren Events Center.
The LSU Sports Radio Network will broadcast the game on Eagle 98.1 FM in the Baton Rouge area and inside the Geaux Zone at LSUsports.net/live. Jim Hawthorne, Ricky Blanton and Kevin Ford will call the action. There is no telecast for the UC Irvine game.
LSU returns to the Maravich Center versus Houston Baptist on Friday, December 28. Tickets can be purchased online at LSUtix.net or by calling the LSU Athletics Ticket Office at (225) 578-2184.
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