BATON ROUGE, La. — Will Wade’s LSU basketball team bounced back from its disappointing finish in the Maui Invitational Wednesday night with a home win.
LSU (4-2) defeated UT-Martin 84-60 Wednesday night in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center, improving to 3-0 at home on the year. Sophomore point guard Skylar Mays led the way with 18 points and a 4-of-10 night from 3-point range, while freshman guard Tremont Waters paced the team with 10 assists and senior forward Duop Reath posted a near double-double off the bench with 15 points and 9 rebounds.
LSU’s game plan seemed to revolve around 3-point shooting. The Tigers attempted 30 and made 10 3-pointers, nearly half of the team’s 62 total shots. Defensively, LSU flipped the regular script and defended the 3-pointer well, holding UT-Martin without a made 3-point shot until the final minute of the first half and limiting the Skyhawks to 31 percent shooting from deep.
Reath and transfer guard Daryl Edwards led an impressive night for the LSU bench. In addition to Reath’s impressive showing, Edwards scored 15 points in 25 minutes while filling in for the injured Brandon Sampson, missing his second straight game. With Edwards on the court, LSU outscored UT-Martin by 23 points.
Senior guard Randy Onwuasor started in Sampson’s place but quickly found himself in foul trouble with two quick fouls in the first half and a third early in the second half.
One other place LSU pounced in this game was off UT-Martin turnovers. The Tigers scored 29 points off turnovers Wednesday compared to the Skyhawks’ 4.
What’s next for LSU basketball?
The Tigers have a hiatus for a week and a half before returning to action on Sunday, Dec. 10 for a home tilt against North Carolina-Wilmington. That game will be played at 4:00 p.m. CT and be available to watch via stream on the SEC Network Plus and WatchESPN.
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