BATON ROUGE, La. (AP)—Karon Bradley was just waiting for the chance to make a big play.
With less than two minutes remaining in Saturday’s game against sixth-ranked LSU, Bradley delivered it with the go-ahead basket that propelled No. 24 Wichita State to a 57-53 victory over the Tigers in a non-conference game.
“I told myself the whole game that if I had an opportunity to make a shot, I’d take it,” Bradley said. “I did and it went in.”
Bradley, a senior who transferred from Marquette two years ago, gave the Shockers (4-0) their first lead of the game at 52-50 with 1:47 remaining in the game.
The Tigers (2-1) came up empty on their next two possessions when Garrett Temple and Tasmin Mitchell missed 3-point attempts. Bradley made two free throws with 23 seconds left to give Wichita State a 54-50 lead.
After Darnell Lazare made a basket to bring LSU within two, Bradley made another pair of free throws with 13 seconds left.
“You just have to hit your free throws down the stretch,” said Bradley, who has now made all 11 of his foul shots this season. “It’s just routine. It’s what you work on your whole life.”
Dameon Mason made one of two free throws for the Tigers, but Sean Ogirri clinched the victory for the Shockers by sinking one of two foul shots with 6 seconds to go.
Bradley, who finished with 11 points, was one of five players in double figures for Wichita State. Ryan Martin led the Shockers with 12 points, while P.J. Couisnard had 11. Kyle Wilson and Phillip Thomasson each had 10.
Glen Davis led LSU with 17 points. Lazare scored 11 points, but no other LSU player had more than seven.
“When you have to put every possession on your defense to win the game, it makes it more difficult,” LSU coach John Brady said. “We did not do anything consistently well on offense.”
The Tigers shot 40 percent from the field, but they made just eight of 24 field goal attempts in the second half. LSU also missed six of its 13 foul shots, all in the final 20 minutes.
LSU had a 29-23 halftime advantage primarily on the strength of its defense during a 7-minute stretch in the opening part of the game.