by Ben Ennis
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – The Oklahoma State Cowboys handed LSU its second loss for the season 90-77 at the AdvoCare Invitational Classic at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.
Overall offensive play for the Tigers was flat both halves even though they were down by only five points at the close of the first half. In the first half, LSU missed their first 11 shots and took almost seven minutes into the game to make their first basket. The Tigers stayed close only because of the number of free throws made. The Cowboys went on 15-2 run before LSU start to make a few shoots to go into the half down five.
Starting the second half things got worst and the game slipped away from LSU immediately as they missed 12 of 13 shot attempts during the opening minutes to give Oklahoma State a 57-39 lead and expanded to as much as 23 points before the final score. “We got whipped. We got beat. I didn’t have us prepared and we just got beat in every facet,” Head Coach Will Wade said. “…we’ve got a lot of work to do. I gotta get us better and tighten some things up, and it was a rough, rough afternoon for us.”
The bright spots for the Tigers was that Skylar Mays had his best scoring effort for the young season chipping in 20 points, hitting 8-of-11 shots, including four three-pointers. “Skylar played great for us all tournament,” Wade said.” “He’s very consistent with how he prepares and everything that he does. That’s why he’s playing well for us.” Kavell Bigby-Williams came off the bench to score 12 points on 6-of-9 shooting and lead the team in rebounds with seven to include four offensive rebounds.
Photos by Ben Ennis