LSU went to 18th ranked Tennessee on Wednesday with just nine players available because of suspensions and two players dismissed for the rest of the season. The short-handed Tigers were no match for the Volunteers who dribbled past LSU 84-61. The Vols shot 54% from the field and they hit 12-of-25 from 3-point land.
The loss drops LSU's record 12-9, 3-6 in the SEC.
Senior Duop Reath did his part in trying to help LSU get a win on the road over a ranked team. He had 21 points and 5 rebounds, but the Tigers had just one other player in double figures. Randy Onwuasor had 10 points.
Skylar Mays and Tremont Waters struggled as they were a combined 2-for-16 from the field. The two combined to score 13 points.
LSU trailed by 11 points at halftime, but got within 6 points with 11:30 left to go. But the Vols went on a 31-14 run the rest of the way as Tennessee stopped turning the ball over. They had just one turnover in the final 11 minutes.
Wayde Sims and Galen Alexander will return from their one-game suspensions on Saturday as LSU hosts Arkansas on Saturday. The Razorbacks are 15-7 overall, 4-5 in the SEC. Tip-off is at 2:30.