NCAAB Game Recap - Georgia at Louisiana State
Wed Jan 23, 2019 7:00 PM EST

Tenn
88
Vand
83
F(OT)
ColSt
60
Nev
100
F
DeP
69
Marq
79
F
ECU
50
Hou
94
F
UGA
82
LSU
92
F
Amer
70
Boston
66
F
Prov
64
Xav
62
F
HolyC
57
Army
76
F
UMassL
85
Bingha
79
F
UMBC
74
Vermt
61
F
Tex
61
TCU
65
F
Leh
85
Navy
74
F
StBon
65
UMass
51
F
FlInt
78
FlAtl
74
F
GrgWas
62
David
73
F
LoyMD
68
Buck
71
F
IlSt
68
Brad
85
F
Stony
67
Albany
66
F(OT)
Rich
70
StJos
74
F
VACom
65
URI
71
F
Purd
79
OhSt
67
F
Valpa
53
IndSt
70
F
UNH
39
Hartfo
74
F
LaSal
73
Ford
71
F
GMas
67
Dayt
63
F
Lafy
47
Colg
57
F
AbCh
60
SFA
61
F
SamH
78
NWSt
64
F
SDak
70
N DA
56
F
NOrl
71
CenAR
76
F
UCF
75
Tul
50
F
InWor
81
Lamar
87
F(OT)
SeLA
70
HBU
67
F
Nich
73
TXAMC
75
F
StLou
73
Duques
77
F
NrthIA
62
SIU
70
F
Evans
66
Drake
78
F
SJSU
46
Wyo
59
F
Okla
70
OkSt
61
F
Wisc
72
Ill
60
F
LoyIL
35
MOSt
70
F
Mizzu
60
Ark
72
F
LongB
71
CSNor
86
F
UCRiv
74
CAPoly
51
F
UCIrv
75
HI
74
F(OT)

Jan 23, 2019, 7:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

Georgia (9-9)

36

46

82

(25) Louisiana State (15-3)

48

44

92

Waters leads No. 25 LSU past Georgia 92-82 for 8th straight
Wed Jan 23, 2019 10:56 PM

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) A little more than a month ago, LSU point guard Tremont Waters went to the bench for two games.

Since returning to the starting lineup in the Tigers' final non-conference game, Waters has been a different player. He delivered his best game of the season Wednesday night as No. 25 LSU beat Georgia 92-82 to remain unbeaten in Southeastern Conference play.

Waters scored a season-high 26 points, making nine of his 14 field goal attempts and seven of 11 free throws. In addition, he had four assists and four steals with no turnovers in 32 minutes to help the Tigers win their eighth straight overall.

"I was just playing basketball," Waters said. "My teammates and coaching staff told me to just keep playing and let the game come to me. That is what I did. It was not our best game. Going into the game, things were a little shaky. We were able to pull it out. We have to just keep building and learn from it."

Waters, averaging 17.5 points and 7.8 assists over the last six games, had a hand in 13 straight points by the Tigers late. He scored 10 points and had an assist that led to a three-point play by Kavell Bigby-Williams as LSU extended a seven-point lead to 12 with 45 seconds to play.

Skylar Mays matched his season best for the Tigers (15-3, 5-0 Southeastern Conference) with 20 points. Naz Reid had 15 and Ja'vonte Smart added 10.

"Tre was great and Sky was great in the first half," LSU coach Will Wade said. "They bailed us out with their offense. We were able to score at will against their matchup (zone) and their man. We scored 92 points and only turned it over eight times. Our defense looked like it did at the beginning of the year."

Rayshaun Hammonds paced Georgia (9-9, 1-5) with 18 points. Nicolas Claxton had 15, Derek Ogbeide added 14 and Jordan Harris scored 10.

The Bulldogs made 54 percent of their field goal attempts (30 of 56), including 47 percent on 3-pointers (8 of 17).

"LSU is really good," Georgia coach Tom Crean said. "They are extremely talented and (Wade) has done a fantastic job of getting a bunch of young guys to understand what it takes to win, and that is to be so good on the glass. Also, when you play LSU, it starts with Tremont and his ability to pass."

A 14-0 run early in the first half enabled LSU to take control. Trailing 13-8, the Tigers got two baskets, one a 3-pointer, from Waters to tie the score. Smart's 3-pointer put LSU in front for good at 16-13.

Marlon Taylor made two foul shots and Smart knocked down a short jumper. A dunk by Taylor gave the Tigers a 22-13 lead with 12:07 left before halftime. Georgia got no closer than five the rest of the half. Mays scored 12 points in the last eight minutes as LSU took a 48-36 lead into halftime.

The Bulldogs cut their deficit to 50-44 less than two minutes into the second half. Waters and Reid made baskets to give the Tigers a double-digit lead. Georgia trailed by at least eight the remainder of the game.

ON A ROLL

LSU has won 18 straight home games - tying its second-longest streak in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center. The arena record is 23 in a row. LSU has also won eight consecutive games overall for the first time since the 2014-15 season, and five straight SEC games for the first time since a 10-game conference winning streak in 2008-09.

STRONG BACKCOURT

Georgia had no answer for LSU's starting backcourt of Waters and Mays, who shot a combined 14 of 23 from the field with six assists and no turnovers. Mays was 8 of 8 at the foul line.

LEAKY DEFENSE

In all three of its SEC losses on the road, Georgia has allowed at least 90 points. Tennessee defeated the Bulldogs 96-50 and Auburn handed them a 93-78 defeat. LSU made 50 percent of its field goal attempts (33 of 66). The Vols shot slightly higher than 50 percent from the field and Auburn made exactly 50 percent. Georgia allowed LSU to score 44 points in the paint and 21 at the foul line.

BIG PICTURE

LSU: The Tigers have won their first five SEC games for just the third time in the past 50 seasons. On the other two occasions, LSU won the conference championship and advanced to the Final Four. The Tigers won their first 17 conference games in 1981 and their first seven in 2006.

Georgia: The Bulldogs dropped their fourth consecutive game. All five of Georgia's SEC defeats have been by double digits.

UP NEXT

LSU: The Tigers begin a two-game road swing at Missouri on Saturday.

Georgia: The Bulldogs host Texas in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge on Saturday.

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Leaders

Georgia PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
J. Toppin 0 0 0 0 0 0
I. Sargiunas 0 0 0 0 0 0
Louisiana State PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
T. Waters 26 0 4 3 4 0
S. Mays 20 0 2 3 1 0

Team Comparison

UGA LSU
Points For 82 92
Field Goals 30/56-54% 33/66-50%
Three Pointers 8/17-47% 5/20-25%
Free Throws 14/18-78% 21/29-72%
Offensive Rebounds 8 11
Defensive Rebounds 23 21
Rebounds 33 34
Blocks 1 5
Steals 5 11
Turnovers 17 8
Personal Fouls 22 17
Technical Fouls 1 0
Ejections 0 0

2018-2019 Regular Season - LSU Leads Series 1-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Wed Jan 23 UGA 82 @ LSU 92 T. Hightower 2 D. Days 3

Game Information

Stadium: Pete Maravich Assembly Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Attendance: 9,416
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