LSU rallies from 14 down to stay unbeaten in the SEC

January 27, 2019 - 11:17 am

Jeff Palermo reporting...

For about 38 minutes of regulation on Saturday in Columbia, Missouri, it looked like LSU’s eight-game winning streak would come to an end. But a three-pointer by Skylar Mays with 2:08 started a furious 15-to-1 rally to send the game into overtime and the Fighting Tigers eventually won 86-80 in OT.

Mays also hit another three-pointer down the stretch in regulation and finished with 24 points. Javonte Smart hit two big three-pointers in the extra period, including one that put LSU up 81-78 with 1:50 left in the overtime.

Despite shooting only 2-of-12 from the field, Naz Reid had 14 points, as he was 9-of-9 from the free throw line. LSU had another good night at the free throw line as they were 29-of-37 from the charity stripe.

Tremont Waters also had a tough night shooting, just 4-of-17 from the floor, but he hit a big three-pointer down the stretch in regulation and had 13 points.

Emmit Williams had seven points and five rebounds and his free throw with two seconds left sent the game into overtime.

Meanwhile, Missouri got a monster night from Jordan Geist, who scored 25 points and had 11 rebounds, but he was not effective during the critical moments of the game, as he missed a couple of shots down the stretch.

The improbable win gives LSU a 16-3 overall record, 6-0 in the SEC as they remained tied for first place with Tennessee.

The Tigers are back on the road Wednesday where they’ll face Texas A&M. The Aggies are just 8-and-10 on the season, but they are coming off a 12-point win over Kansas State.

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