Tigers Defeat Winthrop, 89-81
Da Boot Sports
By: Terrill J. Weil
BATON ROUGE, LA - The Tigers improved their record to 10-1 with a 89-81 victory over the Winthrop Eagles in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center on Saturday night in front of 9,067 fans in attendance.
Cam Hayes lead the Bayou Bengals with 25 points while KJ Williams added 18 points and Adam
Miller finished with 14.
The Eagle gave the Tigers all they could handle and more throughout the night. LSU held an 80-68 lead with 3:40 left in the contest before Winthrop would go on a 10-2 run to pull to within four, 82-78 with only 1:21 left on the clock.
KJ Williams responded, stepping up with a three pointer, then a huge dunk on back to back possession to help LSU clinch the 89-81 win.
It looked like LSU would dominate the contest as the build an early nine point lead, 14-5 at the 16:13 mark, but the Eagles would go on a 18-5 run over the next four minutes to go up 23-19.
A Kelton Talford dunk with 43 seconds left in the first half would give Winthrop a 39-38 lead at the break.
“I thought it was a great team win. If you enjoy offense, three-point shooting, and a lot of
points, it was a good game to watch." Matt McMahon said. "I think on our offensive end, clearly our most efficient performance there on the season. I was pleased at halftime. I thought the last 8-10 minutes of
the first half we were checking the ball just to make sure it had a lot of air in it, just dribbled
around, the ball didn’t move, lot of hero shots, and led to very inefficient play. But the second
half, I thought we played the game the right way offensively. The ball moved side-to-side, a lot
of great screens, we had 13 assists on our 21 baskets and shot 68-percent from the floor.
Finally, in those last seven minutes, we were able to get one or two stops. There weren’t many
stops in the game, but in those last seven or eight minutes, we were able to get enough to get
the win. Overall, I thought it was a great team win and a fun game to watch.”
Next up the Tigers will host East Tennessee State in the PMAC on Wednesday, Dec. 21. Tipoff is set for 7:00pm CST.
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