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|December 21, 2022||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||ETSU||LSU|
|FG Percentage||.452 (28-62)||.474 (27-57)|
|3P FG Percentage||.190 (4-21)||.286 (6-21)|
|FT Percentage||.615 (8-13)||.800 (12-15)|
King - 1
Strothers - 1
Taylor - 1
BATON ROUGE, La. (Dec. 21, 2022) – For the second straight year, ETSU was looking to head into Christmas with a road win versus a Southeastern Conference foe, but this time around the Buccaneers couldn’t unwrap an early gift.
A year removed from taking down Georgia in Athens, ETSU men’s basketball had a chance to win at LSU for the second time in four seasons. Down by two with the ball and 18.9 seconds remaining, Jordan King (Albany, N.Y.) missed a jumper and the Tigers iced the game with a pair of free throws in the closing seconds, as the Bucs dropped another close contest with a 72-68 decision Wednesday night inside LSU's Maravich Center.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
ETSU dug itself an early hole and never could get out of it as LSU scored the first eight points and led by 13 at the half, 37-24.
After shooting 33 percent from the field and making one three-pointer in the opening 20 minutes, the Blue and Gold adjusted and heated up in the second half. The Bucs made 19 field goals in the stanza and scored 44 points in the frame to give themselves a chance at the win.
LSU kept its lead near double digits for the first eight-plus minutes of the second half, but with the Tigers up 53-43 with 11:19 remaining, ETSU clawed back into the contest.
The Bucs got to within five when Jancek connected on a jumper, making it 55-50 at the 9:32 mark. LSU answered with four straight points and still led by eight with less than four minutes to play, 66-58.
Like they’ve done all season, ETSU rose to the challenge under pressure and used an 8-2 run, cutting the deficit to two, 68-66, when a steal by King led to a fast-break dunk by Taylor with 1:48 remaining. The teams then traded buckets and ETSU got a huge defensive stop when Taylor blocked a layup by Justice Hill and forced a shot clock violation with 18.9 ticks showing on the clock.
Following an ETSU timeout, King got near the paint but his contested jumper couldn’t fall and the Tigers grabbed the defensive rebound. The Bucs were forced to foul and Trae Hannibal netted two free throws to ice the game with 7.5 seconds left.
ETSU will have a week off between games as the Buccaneers open Southern Conference play next Thursday at Wofford. Game time is slated for 7 p.m.
For more information on Buccaneer men’s basketball, visit ETSUBucs.com and click on the men’s basketball page.