With this LSU team this season, it’s been a constant cycle of two steps forward and one step backwards … and Saturday’s loss to SF Austin was that step backwards.

Coming off Wednesday’s thrilling victory over Houston, Will Wade was feeling quite positive about his team’s effort on both ends of the floor. However, Saturday’s performance showcased a different LSU team. SF Austin came up with 12 of the 16 loose balls and made every hustle play.

“We weren’t tough enough,” said Wade after the game.

Even though the Tigers came out flat, LSU was still seemingly in the game from start to finish. The last minute, however, did set up the heartbreak in every way imaginable.

Tremont Waters hit the go ahead three pointer with 18.8 seconds left, but SF Austin stormed down the court to score with 6.6 seconds remaining. Waters would then find Aaron Epps under the basket, who then misses a wide open layup as time expires to end the game in dramatic fashion.

“You can’t get a better look. It was a layup,” said Wade.

Wade was very adamant in his press conference that Epps’ missed layup was not what lost LSU the game. “We didn’t deserve to win,” said Wade.

Aaron Epps finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds.

LSU looks to bounce back against Sam Houston State at the Maravich Center on Tuesday. Tipoff is set for 8 p.m. on ESPN3. For more on LSU Basketball, follow us on Twitter @InsideLSU/@HValentineLSU.

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