The native of Madrid, Spain, who came in averaging 4.4 points and 6.2 rebounds, exploded for 20 points on 8-of-11 shooting and nine rebounds against the Tigers, which struggled to get frontcourt production from its starting tandem of Jordan Mickey and Johnny O'Bryant, who combined for only eight points.
Of course it didn't hurt for Andy Kennedy's squad that star guard Marshall Henderson made his return playing inspired ball after his two-game suspension. Henderson totaled 25 points on 6-of-12 shooting from deep and doled out seven assists.
Lost in the shuffle of the loss was the fact that LSU had a chance to win at the end of regulation, when Anthony Hickey missed an uncontested pull-up jumper. The Tigers ended up blowing what was a 69-65 lead with 1:17 to play.
Senior Andre Stringer turned in a career night in defeat, notching a personal high of 23 points on 5-of-8 outside shooting. Freshman Jarell Martin chipped in 14 points, seven rebounds and two steals off the bench as well.
The Tigers will return to action Saturday night, at home versus Vanderbilt (8 p.m., ESPNU).
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Tigers lose tough one in OT in Oxford