13th ranked LSU upsets 5th ranked Tennessee as the Tigers boot up

Tigers share the lead in the SEC

February 23, 2019 - 2:21 pm

Jeff Palermo reporting...

Before today's game it was learned LSU’s leading scorer Tremont Waters would not play against 5th ranked Tennessee because of an undisclosed illness. 

But LSU has a good back up point guard. Freshman Javonte Smart started and scored a career-high 29 points and hit two free throws with 0.6 seconds left in overtime to give the Tigers an 82-80 victory.

Smart took over down the stretch in the second-half as he helped erase a nine-point Tennessee lead by scoring 11 consecutive points. LSU also got a big game from Skylar Mays, who had 23 points and hit 10 of his 12 free throw attempts,

Kavell Bigby-Williams had a double-double, 10 points and 10 rebounds. Bigby-Williams had a big put back in the final seconds of overtime to tie the game at 80.

LSU also got only one point from Naz Reid as he picked up two fouls early in the contest and was 0-for-9 from the field.

But the Tigers only turned it over seven times as Coach Will Wade said his team made the simple plays.

After the wild victory, Wade grabbed the public address announcer’s mic and thanked the sell out crowd and finished his speech by saying “Boot Up!”

LSU is now 12-2 in the SEC and in a three-way tie for first place in the Southeastern Conference. Kentucky also won, beating Auburn.

The Tigers finish a three-game homestand on Tuesday by hosting Texas A&M.

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