It was never close in Salt Lake City. Utah shot 71% in the first quarter to take a 30-11 lead. The Utes ended up beating LSU 90-68 as the Pac-12 school shot 56%. Utah also hit 13-pointers and had five players in double figures.
LSU shot 44%. Freshman Tremont Waters was 6-of-16 from the field, but finished with a game-high 19 points. Skylar Mays had 16 points.
LSU ends the season with an 8-game losing streak on the road and an overall record of 18-15.
Despite the disappointing ending, it was a good season to build on for the Tigers, who were predicted to finish in last place in the Southeastern Conference.
They ended up finishing the year in 10th place and beat a couple of NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 teams Michigan and Texas A&M.
247sports has LSU's incoming recruiting class ranked as the 4th best in the nation. It's highlighted by three-time Louisiana Gatorade Player of the Year Javonte Smart from Scotlandville High School and five-star power forward Naz Reid from New Jersey.