Kayshelle Johnson-23Sports

Dru Smith’s impressive performance could not stop the LSU Tigers from being victorious on Tuesday night inside the Pete Maravich Assembly Center. The Missouri Tigers fell short 82-78, which makes their record 11-13.

Beginning with a very competitive first half, the Mizzou Tigers showed a level of physicality as they had two slam dunks by Nikko Reed and Tray Jackson. Mizzou shot 51.6 percent on 16-31 shooting in the first half. Their offense had a flow of energy as they shot 53.8 percent from the arc.

Midway through the first half, the Tigers attacked the basket on multiple possessions, causing LSU’s defense to collapse. Mizzou’s ability to reach the paint and assist on 3-point shots was a key factor to their first half win.

Mizzou’s defense managed to make LSU’s offense struggle, causing them to shoot 0-9 from the arc in the first half. Though LSU could not find their rhythm from beyond the arc, they were able to get to the free throw line. Shooting 17-20 from the line, LSU trailed by only 6 to finish the half.

Starting off the second half, LSU’s point guard, Skylar Mays, on two positions straight drove his way to the whole making LSU only trail by two points with 18 minutes remaining in the second half. Mizzou’s point guard, Xavier Pinson, increases the lead by four after he drives to the whole with a slam dunk.

Mizzou is then able to keep their lead until the tempo of LSU’s offensive picks up. With four minutes remaining in the second half, the game is tied until LSU’s power forward, Darius Days hits a three-point shot to make their first lead of the second half by three.

Mizzou was not able to make their way back up to LSU’s lead. LSU closed out the game by four, winning 81-78. Mizzou struggled from the three-point line in the second half only shooting 25 percent.

Four of Mizzou’s starters ended the night with double digits. Dru Smith, led Missouri with 20 points.

The Missouri Tigers will go on the road Saturday to face Alabama at 3 p.m.