A pair of second-half runs doomed LSU's efforts for a comeback at Florida Wednesday night as the Gators finished off the Tigers for a 73-64 victory.
That bucket was sorely needed when Florida came roaring out on the dressing room after the break, pushing the Lead to 48-36 with 15:15 left to play.
The Tigers got a small break at that point when a video review turned a 3-pointer into a 2-point basket and gave LSU an extra minute to breath.
Tremont Waters found Brandon Sampson for an alley-oop with 6:54 remaining to give LSU the lead at 59-58.
Waters hit a deep 3-pointer to cut the lead to four and then stole the ball as LSU had a chance to make it a one-possession game.
On LSU's next possession, the Tigers had three chances to reduce the lead but couldn't knock down any of the opportunities as Florida pulled away.
Up next: LSU will host Ole Miss on Saturday afternoon with a 3 p.m. tip scheduled at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.
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