The LSU Tigers extended their home winning streak to 13 games Sunday afternoon with an easy 91-50 victory over the Incarnate Word Cardinals. The Tigers improve their record to 7-2 after two blowout wins in the PMAC over a nine day period.
Four Tigers finished with double digit points, led by a freshman duo 16 point effort by both Naz Reid and Ja’Vonte Smart. Reid struggled with a few turnovers but ultimately turned in a very solid 22 minutes, adding 7 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 steals to his stat line. Smart showed increasing maturity as a freshman, dishing out 5 assists and allowing no turnovers in 26 minutes.
Senior Kavell Bigby-Williams finished in third with 14 points, but tacked on 10 rebounds (6 offensive!) for his first double-double as a Tiger. This is also his first Division I double-double since December 3rd, 2016 in a 128-59 Oregon win over Savannah State.
Skylar Mays scored 13 points and snagged 5 rebounds while leading the Tigers with 6 assists and 4 steals. Mays’ very strong performance helped to remedy a relatively disappointing 9 point, 1 assist, 4 turnover appearance by his sophomore counterpart Tremont Waters. Waters averaged 32.5 minutes per game going into today and only saw the court for 19 minutes, the lowest of the season and the lowest since the season opener against Southeastern LA.
Walk ons Marshall Graves and Will Reese scored a combined 8 points and played 20 and 9 minutes respectively. Graves finished with the team’s best +/- at 31.
The Tigers will take a trip down I-10 Wednesday when they take on the Houston Cougars of The American Conference. Houston is 8-0 after Saturday’s most recent win against Oklahoma State, who waxed LSU by 13 only two weeks ago. That game will tip off at 8pm and will be televised on ESPN2.