LSU hoops battles, but falls short vs Florida
Posted on 2/7/2018 7:17:00 PM.
LSU was in a position to beat Florida in Gainesville, but a scoring drought to finish the game helped the Gators snap a three-game SEC losing streak to beat the Tigers 73-64.
The Bayou Bengals built a 9-point first half lead, led by two at half, but Florida started the 2nd half on a 21-9 run to take a 12-point lead. 

LSU rallied back to take a 59-58 lead with 6:54 on a Brandon Sampson on a beautiful feed from Tremont Waters. But the Gators finished the game on a 13-3 run and the Tigers failed to score a point in the final 3:50. 
Florida shot 52% from the field for the game, but 57% for the 2nd half. Junior guard Jalen Hudson broke out of a two-game shooting slump to score 18 points.  
The Tigers shot 44% from the field and turned it over 16 times. The Gators outscored LSU 21-10 in points off of turnovers. Coach Will Wade's team also shot just 7-of-15 from the free throw line. 
Waters had a game-high seven turnovers and didn't make a basket in the 1st half. The freshman finished 3-of-15 from the field. 
Brandon Sampson led LSU in scoring with 17 points off the bench. The Baton Rouge product was 4-of-7 from three point land. 
The loss drops LSU's record to 13-10 overall, 4-7 in the SEC. They return home on Saturday to host Ole Miss, who is 4-7 in the league and has lost four in a row. Tip time is at 3 PM.  
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