After struggling with 14 turnovers in the first half, the LSU Tigers cruised through the last quarter of the game to put away the #24 Furman Paladins 75-57. The Tigers improve to 9-3 on the season and have now won fourteen straight games in the PMAC.
Tremont Waters came off the bench for the second game in a row and led his squad with 10 points in the first half. He was, however, responsible for 4 of LSU’s 14 turnovers and seemed to let the game get too fast for him at times.
He responded with another 10 point performance in the second half, this time adding 6 assists and no turnovers. Tre would finish the night leading LSU with 20 points and 7 assists in 35 minutes of play, all from the bench.
Skylar Mays had another impressive game on both sides of the ball, leading the Tigers with 4 steals. The junior guard added 16 points, 2 rebounds, and 3 assists in a very strong 36 minutes.
Kavell Bigby-Williams got the start in place of Emmitt Williams, and answered with a 10 point, 10 rebound performance for his second double-double of the season. He can look a little flustered in the offensive paint sometimes, but he’s just getting more impressive after each game. Naz Reid just missed a double-double himself, finishing with 9 points and 10 rebounds. Reid also had to miss significant playing time due to foul trouble.
The Tigers finally closed out a game, and frankly it was a little surprising. After what we’ve seen from the Houston and Florida State games, I kept waiting for a long scoring drought and an opposing three point spree in the second half but it just never came. Whatever Wade told the guys at halftime definitely worked, that was an awesome second half after such a sloppy first.
I’m still surprised there isn’t much of a story to talk about here. This was an undefeated, nationally-ranked team that the Tigers beat by almost 20 points, that was a pretty big deal. That said, not every ranked team that comes to the PMAC this year will shoot 29% from the arc.
The Tigers move on to host the UL-Monroe Warhawks a week from today in the PMAC. That contest will also tip off at 7pm and will stream live on SEC Network+.
Next Friday’s game will also be the last before the Tigers begin conference play against Alabama on January 8th. Stay tuned for an SEC Preview.