LSU survives early run to escape Mississippi State with a 92-88 victory

February 06, 2019 - 10:35 pm

Tyler Nunez Assistant Editor of Tiger Rag

STARKVILLE, MISS. — The LSU basketball team escape Humphrey Coliseum with a 92-88 victory despite trailing by double digits once again in the second half.

Naz Reid bounced in a 3-pointer with 11 second left to seal the improbable road victory that improved the Tigers’ record to 18-4 overall and 8-1 in SEC play at the midway point of the league’s season.

Reid finished the game with a game-high 29 points and a rebound shy of a double-double, and Tremont Waters shot 11 for 18 for 26 points to go along with five assists, four rebounds and five steals despite spending most of the game in foul trouble

Kavell Bigby-Williams also had a big night, completing a double-double with 14 points and a team-high 13 rebounds.

LSU once again struggled with a sloppy first half in which it turned the ball over 11 times and allowed 20 points off those turnovers.

The Tigers came out strong and build a 16-8 lead before they went more than six minutes without a field goal and allowed Mississippi State to go on a 17-0 run in less than four minutes to fall behind 25-16.

From there, LSU was forced to play catch up, and it did so behind a strong performance from Javonte Smart who scored 8 points in the first half while Tremont Waters spent much of the period on the bench with two fouls.

The Tigers tied the game late in the half, Mississippi State went to the halftime break up 42-34 after Tyson Carter and Quinndary Weatherspoon hit back-to-back 3’s, with Weatherspoon’s going in at the buzzer.

It seemed like LSU spend most of the second half cutting into MSU’s lead only for the Bulldogs to strike right back.

But the Tigers finally got back into the game in the closing minutes with the two teams trading blows until the final buzzer of regulation which rang as the two teams were tied at 83 apiece.

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