LSU captures third-place with overtime win at Old Spice Classic


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Anthony Hickey only had 3 points for the LSU Tigers, but his 3-pointer late in the fourth quarter helped get LSU to overtime.

LAKE BUENA VISTA — Anthony Hickey had just 3 points for the game, but his 3-pointer late in the second half may have easily been the biggest basket of the game, as the LSU Tigers defeated the Butler Bulldogs 70-68 in overtime on Sunday to claim third-place in the Old Spice Classic at the ESPN Wide World of Sports.

“I don’t really look at numbers,” said Hickey about his game-tying 3-pointer. “I just do whatever it takes to win.”

LSU went into halftime trailing 27-26, but used physical play in the second half to wear down the Butler defense late in the game.

Johnny O’Bryant III had 17 points and 8 rebounds to go along with 3 assists, as he lead the Tigers on the boards and in scoring.

“I just stayed patient today,” said O’Bryant III. “Just took whatever the defense gave me, didn’t really try to force anything.”

LSU managed to tie the game at 56-56 with two minutes left in regulation time, then Butler’s Alex Barlow hit a three-pointer from the wing to give the Bulldogs a 59-56 lead.

Hickey tied the game at 61-61 for the Tigers when he hit his first 3-pointer of the game with the clock ticking down.

The Tigers used overtime to regroup and come away with the 70-68 win over Butler. LSU had contributions from all over, as they had five players with at least 12 points for the game.

“I think it’s a tremendous team effort,” said LSU head coach Johnny Jones following the game. “I thought from top to bottom it was a terrific team effort.”

With the win LSU improves to 5-2 on the season, while going 2-1 in the tournament.

Butler’s record now falls to 5-2, as the Bulldogs are now currently riding a two-game losing streak. Both of Butler’s losses this season have come by two points.

LSU will now have a lengthy stretch before their next game on Dec. 14 against Louisiana-Monroe. Butler on the other hand will have a much shorter turnaround, as they travel back home to face North Dakota on Saturday.