By: Terrill J. Weil
Da Boot Sports!
BATON ROUGE: Our Fighting Tigers overcame a sluggish 1st half, and finished strong as they handed Missouri State a 73-58 loss. Darius Days had a double-double, and lead the Tigers in scoring with 20 points (a career high), along with 10 rebounds.
LSU started fast as they took advantage of five MSU turnovers, racing out to a 13-5 lead, which included a nice alley-oop from Smart to Emmitt Williams. However, poor shot selection throughout the first half by the Tigers helped to keep a very talented Missouri State team in the game. The Bears went on a 10-2 run to battle back into the game pulling to within a point. Skylar Mays hit his 2nd straight three pointer with 6:46 left to go, putting the Tigers up, 27-20. Mays lead the Tigers in scoring in the first half with 10 points. LSU took a 33-27 lead into the locker room at the break.
Darius Days started the scoring in the 2nd half hitting a 3 from the arc. From there the Tigers lead the rest of the way. The Bears continued to battle and pulled to within two, 47-45 with seven minutes left in the contest. From there, over the next four minutes, the Tigers went on a 14-2 run to pull away and capture the win. Emmitt Williams finished with 14 points, while Trendon Watford and Skylar Mays each contributed 12 each. Keandre Cook (17 points), and Tulio DaSilva (16 points), lead the Bears in scoring.
"This was a good win." said LSU coach Will Wade. "That was the largest margin those guys have been beaten all year. Our turnover number was great, but our defensive rebounding was poor. It was a tremendous floor game for Javonte. Darius has become so consistent for us."
The Bears out-rebounded the Tigers, 35-30. With the win, LSU is now 5-2. They will be in action again on Dec. 3rd when they host UNO.