NCAAB Game Recap - Bowling Green at Louisiana State
Fri Nov 8, 2019 8:00 PM EST

E KY
49
KY
91
F
UNCG
62
Kansas
74
F
ColSt
55
Duke
89
F
UNC
78
UNCW
62
F
IL-C
46
Mem
92
F
Baylor
64
Wash
67
F
Web
34
UtSt
89
F
Sien
63
Xav
81
F
BGSU
79
LSU
88
F
David
66
Aub
76
F
N TX
56
VACom
59
F
(N/A)
51
E MI
93
F
(N/A)
76
Mercer
84
F
Oakl
53
Del
56
F
(N/A)
62
USC-Up
103
F
USMMA
43
Army
80
F
(N/A)
64
SCSt
79
F
(N/A)
53
Norf
93
F
(N/A)
54
Elon
95
F
Dart
68
Buff
63
F
Akr
84
WVU
94
F
(N/A)
65
Jacksn
83
F
ArkSt
43
Miss
71
F
(N/A)
37
Yale
94
F
Maris
58
VMI
56
F
Copp
42
VaTec
74
F
(N/A)
31
Tows
100
F
Vermt
61
StBon
59
F
StFPA
98
Rich
100
F(OT)
ChaSo
49
NCAT
63
F
FlAtl
60
Mia-FL
74
F
UMassL
87
LongI
74
F
Longw
65
GMas
76
F
LoyIL
63
Furm
87
F
Niag
64
Drex
72
F
Rider
81
DelSt
54
F
SacHr
67
UConn
89
F
W&M
79
Amer
70
F
(N/A)
47
Campbl
101
F
TexSA
60
SIU
72
F
(N/A)
66
CoCar
102
F
Radf
60
Lib
66
F
FaDi
59
DeP
70
F
E IL
52
Wisc
65
F
(N/A)
71
NW
61
F
NoKY
56
Mizzu
71
F
SamH
58
MisSt
67
F
(N/A)
61
Lamar
106
F
Harv
79
NE
84
F
Reinh
55
GaSo
109
F
Eccle
52
Gram
147
F
HBU
81
Oral
95
F
(N/A)
59
FlInt
101
F
ECU
57
Navy
62
F
MsVl
49
Utah
143
F
Ill
83
GrCan
71
F
SIU-E
60
Iowa
87
F
SDak
72
Pacif
62
F
CalLu
56
CBap
112
F
CAPoly
63
SCla
77
F
(N/A)
27
Sac
76
F
InWor
61
N CO
83
F
AzSt
71
Colora
81
F
Portl
65
USC
76
F
FlaAM
52
HI
65
F

Nov 8, 2019, 8:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

Bowling Green (1-1)

36

43

79

(22) Louisiana State (1-0)

46

42

88

No. 22 LSU opens season with 88-79 win over Bowling Green
Fri Nov 8, 2019 11:35 PM

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) Javonte Smart and Emmitt Williams were key bench players for LSU when it won the Southeastern Conference last season. Now they're carrying the Tigers.

Smart and Williams each scored 21 points to lead No. 22 LSU to a balanced 88-79 victory over Bowling Green on Friday night.

Smart, replacing two-year starter Tremont Waters at point guard, reached 20 points for just the second time in his career. He also had a career-high eight rebounds and handed out five assists.

"I just wanted to bring the energy," Smart said. "We came out kind of slow, but we eventually found our groove in the first half. They knew I like to drive the ball. I have been working hard on being consistent with my 3-pointer and it paid off tonight."

Skylar Mays, the only returning starter in the Tigers' lineup, had 18 points and eight rebounds. Darius Days had 13 points, and freshman Trendon Watford scored 10 points.

Justin Turner had 26 points for Bowling Green (1-1). Caleb Fields scored 17 and Dylan Frye had 15 for the Falcons, who have not defeated a power five team in six seasons.

After trailing by six points in the first seven minutes, LSU took control by scoring 19 consecutive points. The Tigers knocked down five 3-pointers in that stretch - two by Smart and one each by Williams, Mays and Days.

Days' 3-pointer put LSU ahead 34-20 with 6:05 left in the first half. Bowling Green cut the deficit during the final three minutes. Frye and Turner made 3-pointers as the Falcons pulled within seven points at 43-36. Mays' three-point play gave the Tigers a 46-36 lead at the half.

"Bowling Green came out very physical," LSU coach Will Wade said. "They gave us a lot of resistance early and we were playing on our heels. Javonte hit a bunch of tough shots. We were able to hang in there and go on that 19-0 run. Our spurt-ability is really good. We just have to be more consistent."

Bowling Green made one run at LSU early in the second half. A 3-pointer by Fields and a basket by Frye left the Falcons behind 51-46 with 14:54 remaining in the game. LSU quickly pushed its advantage back to 61-48. Mays and Watford each scored four points in that stretch.

"We weren't able to make shots," Bowling Green coach Michael Huger said. "We had great looks at the basket and just weren't able to knock them down. LSU is very good defensively. I was very impressed by how well they were able to corral the ball and how well they crashed the boards."

BIG PICTURE

LSU: The Tigers won their 33rd straight home opener. LSU has not a lost a home opener since being beaten by TCU in the 1986-87 season. The Tigers have also won six consecutive season-openers.

Bowling Green: The defeat continued the Falcons' drought against ranked opponents on the road. Bowling Green last beat a ranked team on the road in the 1989-90 season when it won at No. 25 Michigan State.

STAR WATCH

Mays was his usual dependable self. Playing 36 minutes, he made six of his 11 field goal attempts. Mays drew four fouls and made 5 of 7 free throws. He also had three assists, one steal and one blocked shot, but also three turnovers.

STAT OF THE NIGHT

LSU shot the ball much better than Bowling Green. The Tigers made 47% of their field goal attempts (27 of 57), while the Falcons connected on just 32% (24 of 75). LSU also had a 10-point advantage at the foul line where it made 27 free throws. Bowling Green attempted just 21 foul shots.

LETDOWN

Bowling Green power forward Deqwon Plowden, who had 16 points and 12 rebounds in the season opener against Tiffin, had a rough night against better competition. Plowden made just one field goal and finished with three points and two rebounds. Falcons center Tayler Mattos, who had nine points and 15 boards against Tiffin, ended with four points and 12 rebounds.

UP NEXT

LSU will travel to Richmond to face No. 25 VCU, coach Will Wade's former team, on Wednesday night.

Bowling Green will play Jacksonville at the University of Miami on Monday night.

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Leaders

Bowling Green PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
M. Laster 0 0 0 3 1 0
M. Kulackovskis 0 0 0 1 0 0
Louisiana State PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
J. Bishop 0 0 1 0 0 0
C. Cooper 0 0 0 0 0 0

Team Comparison

BGSU LSU
Points For 79 88
Field Goals 24/75-32% 27/57-47%
Three Pointers 14/35-40% 7/18-39%
Free Throws 17/21-81% 27/34-79%
Offensive Rebounds 15 9
Defensive Rebounds 26 37
Rebounds 43 48
Blocks 0 8
Steals 11 3
Turnovers 9 16
Personal Fouls 23 18
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - LSU Leads Series 1-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Fri Nov 8 BGSU 79 @ LSU 88 M. Sierra 2 A. Hyatt 2

Game Information

Stadium: Pete Maravich Assembly Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Attendance: 9,622
Game Time: