Days rallies No. 25 LSU past Missouri to end 2-game slide

No. 25 LSU looked like a team playing its third game in seven days at the start and like a team about to extend a two-game losing streak Tuesday against Missouri. But it was Javonte Smart who really ignited LSU. LSU trailed by eight points midway through the second half before taking the lead for good at 72-69 on Days' 3-pointer with 4:43 remaining. "It was a rough week". "There were stretches where we were obviously dominant on the glass".

"Our defensive energy was low". They played harder than we did in the first half.

"They do a great job getting downhill with the guards", Martin said.

Skylar Mays, who scored 30 points on Saturday but couldn't quite pull out the victory for LSU at Auburn, kept his team in the game against Missouri. The senior leads the team with 15.9 points per game.

"That was nothing but a prayer that went in", Days said. "The whole crowd was in it". LSU went to the free throw line often when MU had a chance to run away with the game.

Missouri teammates Javon Pickett (front) and Mitchell Smith celebrate during Saturday's game against Arkansas at Mizzou Arena.

The Tigers (11-12, 3-7 Southeastern Conference) face No. 25 LSU (17-6, 8-2 SEC) at 8 p.m. today in Baton Rouge, La., on SEC Network. LSU meanwhile was 0 of 9 from beyond the arc but tightened up on both ends of the court in the second half. LSU made all three of its 3-point shots in the second half while Missouri was 2 of 8.

Missouri's game plan consisted of allowing LSU to shoot jumpers. You gotta get stops when you need them.

"I think when you look at West Virginia, you look at A&M or you look at the Mississippi State We went up against other fours and fives, and we hadn't won those battles, and I think that's what - even SC, that's where the separation was, so we have to be able to hold our own in that area, and I think everything else will fall in place". Everything counts. We gotta get those key offensive rebounds.

Aijha Blackwell finished with 12 points and 14 rebounds for Missouri.

"We gotta stay locked in for a full 40 (minutes)", Nikko said. "We were the aggressor in the second half". Reed Nikko matched his career high with 13 points. He was 5 of 9 from the field and 9 of 9 on free throws and led the offensive rebounding effort with five. Hayley Frank also had 11 points for Missouri.

The Tigers succeeded in a similar game plan against the Razorbacks, as four Arkansas players fouled out of Saturday's game, one in regulation. "He puts himself in tough spots and gets tough calls sometimes".

Wade wasn't so happy with his bench, although he complimented Marshall Graves for good minutes. Another thing is we just gotta keep developing that killer instinct. "Our bench has to step up and help us".