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Tigers Top Gaels, 78-74

Led by Tremont Waters, the Tigers got the win

NCAA Basketball: Memphis at Louisiana State Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

Coming off a disappointing loss, LSU desperately needed to get back in the win column.

In their last outing, LSU blew a 15 point lead en-route to dropping a winnable game against Houston. Today, the Tigers were able to hold onto a 15 point second half lead.

Saint Mary’s gave LSU all that they could handle in this ballgame. Despite being down for much of the game, the Gaels would not go away. Saint Mary’s was able to shrink the LSU lead to just four points with a minute left to play. But, two Emmitt Williams free throws and a Tremont Waters layup secured the win for the Tigers.

Naz Reid scored 14 points in the winning effort. Reid made 5 shots on 13 attempts. The freshman also grabbed 5 rebounds.

Coming off the bench, Tremont Waters led the Tigers in scoring with 18 points. Waters was extremely efficient in the victory, shooting 7-12 from the filed. Waters also shot 3-5 from beyond the arc. Will Wade said that Waters had played his best game for the team in a month.

Jordan Ford led Saint Mary’s with 21 points. Ford was the only reason that the Gaels were able to hang around in the second half.

Jordan Hunter was also a difficult player for LSU to stop. Hunter scored eight consecutive points to begin the game, and scored 15 total.

This was not the prettiest victory, but a win is a win.

In a postgame interview, head coach Will Wade said the he was pleased with his guys, and that this was a really, really good win.

Next up, LSU will travel back to Louisiana to take on No. 23 Furman.