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SEC Basketball Tournament – QuarterfinalsLSU’s final game was a microcosm of its season. Play well for awhile, until leaky defense proves decisive.

The Tigers fell at SMU Monday night 80-67 in the second round of the National Invitation Tournament. SMU outscored LSU 45-27 in the second half to advance. SMU won its 25th game of the season, and 17th in 18 home games. LSU finished the season with 20 wins, 14 losses.

LSU led by as much as 10 in the first half, and by five points at halftime. Johnny O’Bryant III, playing what could be his final game at LSU, scored 16 points. O’Bryant could opt for the NBA draft. “He’s the best player we have played against all season,” said SMU head coach Larry Brown.

SMU made 58 percent of its field goal attempts and 9 of 14 from three point land.