NCAAB Game Recap - Nicholls State at Louisiana State
Sat Nov 16, 2019 4:00 PM EST

Oakl
50
MD
80
F
Colum
42
UVA
60
F
Ohio
54
Vill
78
F
Alc
56
Mem
102
F
Wash
62
Tenn
75
F
Nich
65
LSU
75
F
USD
53
Colora
71
F
StFNY
64
NCSU
95
F
AlaAM
63
MiaO
79
F
(N/A)
48
UMBC
60
F
N CO
72
NrthIA
77
F(OT)
Morg
68
GrgWas
64
F
Corn
54
DeP
75
F
OlDom
76
NE
69
F
CenCT
43
UMass
89
F
Campbl
87
Citad
73
F
Dart
37
Jacksn
57
F
Leh
53
VaTec
79
F
SIU-E
57
InWor
55
F
NWSt
52
Tul
79
F
StJos
68
LoyIL
85
F
Merrim
69
NJIT
88
F
RobM
56
Toled
70
F
ChiSt
49
Purd
93
F
StPet
47
Prov
68
F
Quin
52
Mia-FL
80
F
Temp
70
LaSal
65
F
(N/A)
79
Hartfo
86
F
SamH
77
CenMI
84
F
Belm
100
BC
85
F
Buff
88
Harv
76
F
TN-M
62
WichSt
103
F
WSt
55
Denv
72
F
APSU
65
Tuls
72
F
TNTec
47
App
69
F
(N/A)
59
Winth
103
F
(N/A)
60
UMassL
58
F
(N/A)
48
NIU
96
F
E MI
56
N TX
51
F
SacHr
72
Bingha
76
F
Vermt
70
StJon
68
F
(N/A)
79
FlAtl
84
F
Lib
77
ECU
57
F
UNH
70
Boston
84
F
Rice
82
UCSB
81
F
Stony
69
TexPA
58
F
Mont
49
Ark
70
F
Del
81
Lafy
73
F
MD-ES
53
MorSt
76
F
Brev
49
UNCA
79
F
MTSt
67
UNCG
66
F
McNee
80
NM
90
F
LaTec
72
Crei
82
F
Drex
67
SFA
82
F
JackSt
63
SMU
80
F
Amer
76
StFPA
79
F
Buck
81
Canis
83
F
Stetsn
55
IPFW
79
F
Kent
72
WriSt
71
F
Seatt
67
Syr
89
F
Albany
51
Manh
57
F
JMU
70
GMas
83
F
Maris
41
Ford
58
F
ChaSo
61
Dayt
90
F
UNCW
49
David
87
F
Samf
55
N AL
61
F
NDSt
57
TXAMC
45
F
StBon
80
Rut
74
F
Woff
61
Butl
80
F
IL-C
56
Brad
65
F
ArkPB
54
GrCan
67
F
USF
76
SIU
60
F
Troy
62
Ind
100
F
(N/A)
48
Murr
114
F
OrSt
83
Wyo
63
F
Pepp
73
AbCh
69
F
SCla
64
Stan
82
F
Maine
62
Portl
71
F
ColSt
74
LoyMa
64
F
(N/A)
62
CS-Ful
82
F
USC
76
Nev
66
F

Nov 16, 2019, 4:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

Nicholls State (2-2)

39

26

65

(23) Louisiana State (2-1)

38

37

75

Days, Williams lead LSU past Nicholls State 75-65
Sat Nov 16, 2019 7:23 PM

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) For the first time in their LSU careers, sophomores Darius Days and Emmitt Williams were in the starting lineup together.

That combination was a success as both Days and Williams registered double-doubles in No. 23 LSU's 75-65 non-conference victory against Nicholls State on Saturday.

Days finished with 17 points and 11 rebounds as he hit double-digits in both points and rebounds in the same game for the first time in his career. The 17 points and 11 rebounds were career-highs for Days. Williams contributed 11 points and a season-best 12 rebounds.

"I thought I did fine, but none of that is possible without my teammates looking for me," Days said. "Javonte (Smart) looked for me, Skylar (Mays) looked for me, Trendon (Watford) looked for me. I'm just happy we got the win."

Mays was the leading scorer for the Tigers (2-1) with 18 points. Watford scored 17 points - all but three in the first half - for LSU.

"I was proud of our offensive rebounding," LSU coach Will Wade said. "Days played extremely well. Emmitt played well. Skylar bounced back with a positive assist-to-turnover ratio and eight rebounds. Turnovers were a problem again. If we don't get that under control, it's going to be a long year."

Dexter McClanahan was the top scorer for the Colonels (2-2) with 20 points. D'Angelo Hunter had 15 points for Nicholls State.

The Tigers took control of the game by scoring 10 consecutive points in the second half to break a 48-48 tie. Days had two field goals in this stretch. The Colonels came no closer than five points the rest of the game.

"We missed some shots we normally make, but LSU played very well defensively," Nicholls State coach Austin Claunch said. "We forced a lot of turnovers (25), but they were able to get back on defense quickly and prevent us from capitalizing on them."

Nicholls State took a 29-21 lead in the first half after scoring nine consecutive points. McClanahan made two baskets, including a 3-pointer, during that stretch.

However, LSU answered in the final minutes before halftime with its own 9-0 run. Mays scored five of those nine points as the Tigers went ahead of the Colonels 37-36.

A 3-pointer by McClanahan with 36 seconds remaining in the first half put Nicholls State ahead 39-37. Watford made one foul shot with ten seconds before halftime to leave LSU behind by one point.

BIG PICTURE

Nicholls State: The Colonels came up short as they tried to knock off their second Power Five Conference opponent this season. Nicholls State won at Pittsburgh one week ago. The Colonels dropped an overtime decision at Illinois to begin their season Nov. 5.

LSU: The Tigers bounced back from their loss at VCU on Wednesday with their 19th consecutive victory against in-state opponents. LSU has also won 11 straight games at home against non-conference opponents.

STAR WATCH

Mays, who got off to a slow start, ended up leading LSU in scoring with 18 points. Mays, who has scored 59 points in the Tigers' first three games, did not make his first field goal until the 5:46 mark of the first half. Mays scored five points when LSU erased an eight-point Nicholls State lead late in the first half. Mays was 7-of-12 from the field although he did miss all four of his 3-point shots. Mays also had four steals and three assists.

LETDOWN

While Mays turned in another solid performance, his backcourt mate Javonte Smart had problems. Smart, who scored 36 points in the Tigers' first two games, finished with only three points. Smart was 1-of-9 from the field and committed seven of LSU's 25 turnovers. Smart did hand out five assists.

STAT OF THE NIGHT

Nicholls State was unable to keep up inside against LSU. The Colonels were outrebounded by the Tigers 45-27. LSU had three players with at least eight rebounds - Williams with 12, Days with 11 and Mays with eight. Only Elvis Harvey had eight rebounds for Nicholls State. The Tigers outscored Nicholls State in the paint 46-26 and grabbed 16 offensive rebounds which led to 18 second-chance points.

UP NEXT

Nicholls State will play its fourth road game out of five this season at Rhode Island on Tuesday night.

LSU will play host to Maryland-Baltimore County on Tuesday night.

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Leaders

Nicholls State PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
J. Buford 0 0 1 2 0 0
D. McClanahan 20 0 1 5 3 0
Louisiana State PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
J. Bishop 0 0 0 0 0 0
A. Hyatt 0 0 0 0 0 0

Team Comparison

Nich LSU
Points For 65 75
Field Goals 24/62-39% 28/56-50%
Three Pointers 8/26-31% 3/18-17%
Free Throws 9/11-82% 16/23-70%
Offensive Rebounds 10 16
Defensive Rebounds 17 29
Rebounds 27 46
Blocks 2 5
Steals 11 7
Turnovers 20 25
Personal Fouls 20 13
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

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

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Sat Nov 16 Nich 65 @ LSU 75 K. Johnson 1 J. Smart 3

Game Information

Stadium: Pete Maravich Assembly Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Attendance: 8,833
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