By: Terrill J. Weil
Da Boot Sports!
BATON ROUGE - LSU will look to bounce back against the Texas A&M Aggies, after getting blasted by the Florida Gators on Wednesday night. The Tigers got just what the doctor ordered to start the healing, as they would have a fantastic game shooting from long range, Hitting 10-33 from behind the arc. Senior Skylar Mays would have a great second half to lead the team in scoring with 24 points. Javonte Smart would add 14 points. Not only did Tiger Fans get to celebrate a home victory, but also got to celebrate the incredible career of former LSU Point guard, Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, (aka: Chris Jackson), as his number 35 Jersey was retired and hung up in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center rafters.
A&M would control the tip and take the lead quickly, as Ja Ja Chandler would make a three pointer. The score would stay 3-0 for the next two minutes, when Skylar Mays would make his first attempt from behind the three point arc to tie things up.
At the 15:56 mark, the Tigers would lead 8-6. The score would remain 8-6 for the next three minute, as each team would trade scoreless possessions. Finally LSU would increase their lead to 11-6 with 11:59 left on the clock, as Emmitt Williams would make one of two free throw attempts and Darius Days would make a jumper. Darius Days would hit a three pointer to give LSU a 16-11 lead with 9:00 to go in the half.
The Tigers would then go on a 8-0 run over the next five minutes on the strength of two Javonte Smart three pointers, taking a 24-11 lead into the officials timeout with 3:20 left on the clock. We would go to the halftime break with LSU up, 28-20.
The Aggies would start the second half with the ball and would score to cut into the lead, as Quenton Jackson would bank in a layup. A minute later, the Tigers would get on the board with their first points of the second half with Skylar Mays canning a three from behind the arc. 31-22 Tigers at the 17:50 mark.
Over the next ten minutes, both teams would play even, scoring 18 points each, with LSU leading 49-40 with 8:22 to go in the contest.
With 6: 37 left both teams would begin to hit from behind the three point arc. Savion Flagg would put one in from long range, then Skylar Mays would answer with one on the Tigers' next possession. Flagg would then quiet the crowd with his second straight three pointer to cut LSU's lead to 55-48.
The Tigers would start to turn up their intensity and slowly begin to take control, as Skylar Mays would hit a three pointer, followed by a monster dunk by Emmitt Williams off of a A&M fast break turnover. Skylar Mays would add two free throws to give LSU a 62-48 lead with 1:31 to go in the contest. LSU add two more and earn a much needed win at home, as they would defeat Texas A&M, 64-50.
With the win, LSU is now 20-9 overall and 11-5 in SEC play. The Tigers have two regular season games remaining. Next up, they will travel to Fayetteville on Wednesday March 4th to take on Arkansas, then come home on Saturday, March 7th to face Georgia for Senior Day.