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LSU advances with 79-74 victory over Yale

March 21, 2019 - 2:07 pm

Third-seeded LSU has advanced in the East Regional of the NCAA Tournament, holding off upset-minded Yale 79-74. The Tigers led 45-29 at halftime and pushed the edge to as many as 18 points before the Bulldogs rallied down the stretch with a barrage of 3-pointers. But LSU made enough free throws to hold off No. 14 seed Yale, which was trying for the Ivy League's first victory in the tournament since its upset of Baylor in 2016.

"We are extremely excited to win the game," said interim head coach Tony Benford. "Coach Greg Heiar did a great job with the scouting report and I thought our guys did a great job carrying it into the game, especially in the first half.  We knew we had a size advantage so we talked it about it being a paint/touch game and we wanted to really get Naz going inside, Kavell, all our big guys and told our guards to get to the paint."

The Tigers will face the winner of Belmont-Maryland game on Saturday. Yale's season ended with a record of 22-8.

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