LSU empties the bench, doubling up North Florida 104-52

December 22, 2017 - 11:40 pm

Christmas came early in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center: playing time to all, and to all, a good night – North Florida excluded, of course.

Will Wade emptied the bench in a 104-52 blow out win over the Ospreys to send the Tigers (8-3) into the holidays with a second straight victory.

Tremont Waters, off a quiet 8-point, 1-assist effort in LSU’s win over Sam Houston State the last time out, led the way with 15 points and 10 assists. Duop Reath added 15 points and 7 rebounds, Aaron Epps poured in 13 points and pulled down 9 boards, and Daryl Edwards continued his sharp shooting with 10 points of 4-of-4 shooting.

Brandon Sampson, back from an ankle injury suffered against Notre in Maui, made his impact felt immediately. He subbed in with LSU down 11-10 and scored five quick points to cue a 9-0 run, before heading back to the bench with a pair of fouls. He would finish the game with 7 points in 10 minutes.

“I thought he changed the energy of the game when he got into the game, especially defensively,” Will Wade said. “They hit three (3s) before the first media. I was a little bit concerned about that. When we put Sampson in, we clamped down on that.”

Sampson said he’s at about 90 or 95 percent, and Wade added after the game he’ll use him as if he’s fully healthy moving forward into a Dec. 28 matchup at Memphis.

“It felt really good,” Sampson said. “It was killing me sitting on the sidelines, watching my team go out there and play without me. It was a day-by-day thing I couldn’t rush.”

The run didn’t stop with Sampson’s departure. The Tigers would pile on the Ospreys the rest of the half, outscoring their guests 50-15 after falling behind 8-4. Waters scored 10 points and handed out six assists, Reath scored 10 and grabbed 5 boards, and Edwards and Mayan Kiir each went perfect from the field. LSU outshot North Florida 55.0 percent to 26.7 percent and outrebounded them 27 to 16. They raced away with first-half runs of 10-0, 15-0, and 8-0 and scored 30 of its points in the paint.


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