NCAAB Game Recap - Utah State at Louisiana State
Fri Nov 22, 2019 7:06 PM EST

GTown
73
Duke
81
F
GMas
63
MD
86
F
MtStM
62
KY
82
F
IPFW
46
OhSt
85
F
Hou
66
Oreg
78
F
UtSt
80
LSU
78
F
Vill
83
MisSt
76
F
Xav
75
UConn
74
F(2OT)
Tex
62
Cal
45
F
Baylor
77
CoCar
65
F
Mont
56
Wash
73
F
Lib
89
Morg
48
F
Nich
54
NCAT
66
F
MidTN
74
Tul
86
F
Mia-FL
58
Fla
78
F
BethC
83
InWor
58
F
Valpa
78
GrCan
74
F
UNCW
46
Clev
47
F
Rice
75
WIMil
69
F
E MI
62
UMBC
45
F
MOSt
71
StJos
69
F
Ford
60
Nev
74
F
(N/A)
47
E IL
87
F
E KY
70
FlInt
89
F
IndSt
72
LoyMa
60
F
URI
60
N TX
47
F
UMKC
74
GrgWas
68
F
Presb
57
SacHr
83
F
IlSt
65
Cin
66
F
Stetsn
55
Iona
60
F
Duques
69
AF
63
F
(N/A)
45
Furm
90
F
Tows
73
Buff
76
F
Boston
44
WVU
69
F
MorSt
50
Butl
68
F
Radf
61
Brad
70
F
GWebb
69
SCar
74
F
McNee
57
Rich
87
F
Lipsco
65
Navy
61
F
HBU
68
Mich
111
F
Harv
82
HolyC
74
F
(N/A)
71
SEMO
72
F
GASt
83
PVAM
74
F
N AL
61
LaTec
82
F
Albany
69
Quin
86
F
Wake
82
David
70
F
Ohio
66
Utah
80
F
S NO
53
JackSt
72
F
(N/A)
68
TexSA
90
F
W MI
63
OkSt
70
F
Evans
68
ECU
85
F
Norf
59
NW
70
F
South
86
Nebras
93
F(OT)
BGSU
77
W Ky
75
F
KennSt
40
Monm
71
F
CAPoly
70
Crei
86
F
SCSt
60
Vand
97
F
SDak
56
Ark
77
F
CenAR
98
CBap
104
F(OT)
IdaSt
65
SCla
78
F
LongI
64
SDSU
81
F
FrePa
62
LongB
93
F
Temp
70
USC
61
F

Nov 22, 2019, 7:06 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

(15) Utah State (6-0)

30

50

80

Louisiana State (3-2)

44

34

78

No. 15 Utah State rallies from 19-point deficit to beat LSU
Fri Nov 22, 2019 11:19 PM

MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica (AP) Overcoming a 19-point deficit is like chopping down a tree according to Utah State coach Craig Smith.

Down 54-35 with 16:32 remaining, No. 15 Utah State hacked away by making its first five 3-pointers of the second half. Alphonso Anderson's 3 cut it to 71-67.

"We always tell our guys we just got to keep chopping wood," Smith said. "You don't cut down that tree in one big swipe of the axe. You just got to keep going and keep going and you don't know when that tree is going to fall. And fortunately for us, it fell with about 30 seconds to go in the game."

Sam Merrill made a go-ahead 3-pointer with 57 seconds left and Utah State overcame LSU in the second half for an 80-78 victory Friday night at the Jamaica Classic.

Anderson missed a 3-pointer with 13 seconds left, and LSU grabbed the defensive rebound, but Skylar Mays had it poked away and the Aggies passed it around to run out the clock. LSU had 11 second-half turnovers.

Merrill and Anderson each scored 24 points for the Aggies (6-0). Merrill, the Mountain West player of the year last season, was 5 of 9 from 3-point range, made 9 of 10 free throws and had eight assists. Justin Bean had 14 points and 12 rebounds, and Diogo Brito scored 12 points.

"Sam Merrill did Sam Merrill things," Smith said. "He just really put us on his back. Not only on the court but at halftime, just talking to guys `Let's go, let's get it going, we're not playing well," and having that kind of leadership from a guy that's been there for a long, long time."

Mays scored a career-high 30 points for LSU (3-2). He was 10-of-13 shooting with five 3-pointers. Darius Days and Emmitt Williams each scored 14 points.

LSU shot 47% from the field, snapping Utah State's run of holding its last four opponents to less than 40%.

LSU made six 3-pionters in the first 8 minutes, using a 14-2 run to build an early 28-13 lead. The Tigers finished the half 9 of 18 from distance and shot 52% overall. Days led the way for LSU with 14 points to help build a 44-30 lead.

"We played really well. We were prepared," LSU coach Will Wade said. "The turnover bug got us again in the second half. ... We lost our composure a little bit. You play a team as good as they are, you got to be able to play for 40 minutes and we played for about 36."

Utah State's starters were held to 14 points in the first half, but Anderson kept them within reach with nine points off the bench, including a tip-in at the buzzer.

BIG PICTURE

Utah State: The Aggies improved to 62-18 as an AP-ranked team after extending their run to six straight games with 80-plus points. USU's ranking is the highest for the program since the 1970-71 season when it was as high as No. 9.

LSU: The Tigers barely missed out again on an opportunity to pad their resume with a nonconference win against a ranked opponent. They lost 84-82 at then-No. 23 VCU on Nov. 13. Just like against the Aggies, LSU had an opportunity to tie or go ahead in the final seconds, but Mays turned it over to the Rams with one second left.

"I thought the VCU game, we probably deserved to lose that. We deserved to win this one," Wade said. "Just disappointing. We let a golden opportunity slip away against a great, great team."

PLAYING OUR STYLE

Merrill credited the Aggies' experience for playing more like themselves in the second half.

"I think we're a veteran team," Merrill said. "We've been there before, maybe not a deficit like that. I thought it was interesting Diogo kept saying, `We're going to win this game, we're going to win this game,' because we knew that we were not playing our style of basketball. So, once we figured it out and, frankly, toughened up a little bit and realized that we can play with the big boys, we started playing a lot better."

UP NEXT

Utah State will play North Texas on Sunday.

LSU will play Rhode Island on Sunday.

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Leaders

Utah State PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
S. Bairstow 0 0 0 0 0 0
A. Anderson 24 0 0 6 0 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

UtSt LSU
Points For 80 78
Field Goals 25/57-44% 28/59-47%
Three Pointers 11/22-50% 11/25-44%
Free Throws 19/23-83% 11/14-79%
Offensive Rebounds 9 7
Defensive Rebounds 25 24
Rebounds 39 32
Blocks 0 7
Steals 7 9
Turnovers 14 16
Personal Fouls 12 18
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

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

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Fri Nov 22 UtSt 80 @ LSU 78 A. Porter 1 C. Manning Jr. 4

Game Information

Stadium: Montego Bay Convention Centre, St. James, Jamaica
Attendance: 1,452
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