In a competitive start, the Tigers men’s basketball team faced off against Syracuse in the ACC/SEC Challenge on the road. However, the Orange ultimately secured an 80-57 win, ending the LSU’s three-game winning streak with a strong second half performance.
During the first half, the Tigers led and were only trailing by five at the break. However, Syracuse’s 50% shooting in the second half and an 18-3 run towards the end secured the win.
Offensively, Matt McMahon’s team struggled, only shooting 39.3%. The team’s leading scorer, Will Baker, faced early foul trouble and only managed to score three points during his 16 minutes on the court.
Jordan Wright and Jalen Reed led the team offensively with 15 and 14 points, respectively. However, the Tigers struggled to score in double figures, also turning the ball over 19 times.
Star player, Judah Mintz, was unstoppable for the Orange, scoring a game-high 33 points, 13 of which were from the free-throw line.
Despite missing out on a statement road win, LSU will host Southeastern on Friday before facing Kansas State at home on Dec. 9.
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