Reath, Waters lead LSU past Texas A&M, 77-65
Jan. 24, 2018
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Duop Reath scored 21, Tremont Waters added 15 points and LSU snapped a three-game skid with a 77-65 victory over Texas A&M on Tuesday night.
One game after scoring 31 in a loss at Vanderbilt, Reath made nine of 14 shots and also grabbed eight rebounds. He scored the game's first four points and helped LSU (12-7, 3-4 Southeastern Conference) build an early double-digit lead in a wire-to-wire victory.
Waters also had nine assists and eight steals for LSU, and his highlights included two breakaway layups he created with steals and a 3 with the shot clock winding down from about 25 feet with a little more than two minutes remaining. Aaron Epps added 12 points for the Tigers, who won an SEC game at home for the first time in four tries.
Robert Williams, a Louisiana native and top NBA prospect, had 21 points and 15 rebounds for the Aggies (13-7, 2-6), who came in having won two straight, but now have lost six of eight.
The 6-foot-10 Williams soared above the rim for dunks set up either by his own offensive rebounds or by passes as he cut to the hoop. He did not have enough help, though, and LSU was able to maintain a double-digit lead for much of the game.
The Tigers led by as many as 19 when Reath dunked as he was fouled for a 3-point play that made it 50-31 with about 15 minutes to go. LSU still led by 15 with five minutes left. Williams tried to help the Aggies summon a late surge, but they never got closer than 10.
Tyler Davis finished with 12 points and 12 rebounds for Texas A&M, and Jay Jay Chandler added 10 points.
The Tigers opened the game on a 15-4 run that included Reath's 3-pointer and dunk. LSU led by as many as 17 in the first half when Waters' free throws made it 41-24.
Williams' jumper trimmed it to 41-26 at halftime.
Texas A&M: The Aggies came in ranked 10th nationally in defensive field-goal percentage at 38.7, but that wasn't the case against Reath and the Tigers, who shot 44 percent (28 of 63), including 8 of 18 from 3. Meanwhile, A&M had trouble making shots, hitting only 36 percent in the first half (10 of 27) and finishing at 39 percent (26 of 66) for the game. The Aggies missed 22 of 28 3-point shots.
LSU: Coach Will Wade has spent the past two weeks trying to coax the type of relentless, all-court and largely mistake-free effort he finally got out of the Tigers. Between Reath's production inside and Waters' unremitting, up-tempo craftiness on both ends of the court, LSU was able to keep the Aggies at arm's length throughout.
Texas A&M: Visits No. 5 Kansas on Saturday.
LSU: Visits No. 19 Auburn on Saturday.
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