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The LSU men's basketball team (6-3) fell in a heartbreaker to Stephen F. Austin, 83-82, Saturday afternoon in the PMAC. With 31 seconds left in the game, the Lumberjacks' Ivan Canete sunk a three-point shot, but the Tigers regained the lead on a Tremont Waters shot from behind the arc. With four seconds left in the game, Canete dropped a layup to retake the lead, and senior Aaron Epps was unable to connect on a layup, which ended the game.
The Tigers return to action Tuesday, Dec. 19, in the PMAC at 7 p.m. CT against Sam Houston State.
Epps recorded his second-straight double-double as he also had 10 rebounds. It was the senior's fifth career double-double.
The Tigers were coming in off the exciting 80-77 win over Houston on Wednesday night as senior forward Aaron Epps posted 26 points and 16 rebounds, the fourth career double-double for Epps and career high in both categories. Skylar Mays had 18 points and Tremont Waters 17 pts, six assists and a key block of a potential tying three-pointer with six seconds to play.
The Tigers have posted a 55.2 percent shooting percentage in the five home games so far this year and that is the third-best percentage by an LSU team since the 1974-75 season. For the season, LSU is shooting 52.6 percent, best in the SEC. Last year, LSU shot 45.1 from the field. At the line, LSU is 78.2 percent (129-165) and that is also first in the league and much better than last year's final total of 69.6 percent.
The Lumberjacks have been to the NCAA Tournament four of the last five years and SFA leads the nation in steals per game at 13.2 a game … Since 2011-12, they have the second most true road wins in the nation with 56.