NCAAB Game Recap - Louisiana State at Texas
Sat Jan 25, 2020 2:00 PM EST

Baylor
72
Fla
61
F
Pacif
59
Gonz
92
F
Tenn
68
Kansas
74
F
ND
84
FlaSt
85
F
Clem
62
Lou
80
F
Dayt
87
Rich
79
F
Vill
64
Prov
60
F
Mizzu
51
WVU
74
F
KY
76
TxTch
74
F(OT)
IaSt
76
Aub
80
F
SMU
74
Mem
70
F
Ill
64
Mich
62
F
Ariz
65
AzSt
66
F
Wash
62
Colora
76
F
Nebras
72
Rut
75
F
Pitt
61
Syr
69
F
Del
76
NE
74
F
Mia-FL
71
UNC
94
F
Lafy
74
Leh
56
F
VACom
76
LaSal
65
F
Mercer
69
VMI
66
F
Maine
53
UMBC
63
F
IL-C
69
Detr
70
F
Furm
78
Citad
54
F
Army
73
Navy
66
F
LSU
69
Tex
67
F
MisSt
62
Okla
63
F
StJon
79
DeP
66
F
VaTec
56
BC
61
F
WIGB
94
YSU
98
F(OT)
Presb
57
Winth
72
F
Temp
59
Penn
66
F
E MI
68
MiaO
73
F
Duques
64
UMass
73
F
Brad
53
IndSt
61
F
App
78
CoCar
58
F
Colg
79
Amer
69
F
Boston
79
HolyC
64
F
Denv
70
NDSt
82
F
UNCG
70
Samf
63
F
SIU
58
IlSt
55
F
LaTec
72
UAB
58
F
Hartfo
62
Albany
48
F
URI
81
StBon
75
F
IUPUI
89
Oakl
85
F(OT)
WIMil
53
Clev
70
F
FaDi
60
SacHr
77
F
Akr
88
Ohio
86
F
Merrim
76
CenCT
86
F
FlaAM
87
How
83
F
NCSU
58
GaTec
64
F
StJos
69
GrgWas
85
F
OkSt
73
TexAM
62
F
TCU
67
Ark
78
F
UNH
77
Bingha
69
F
UNCA
63
USC-Up
80
F
Tows
70
W&M
58
F
Lib
43
Stetsn
48
F
StFPA
79
StFNY
86
F
Hamp
79
Radf
83
F
FlInt
49
Charl
75
F
Drex
59
Hof
72
F
JMU
73
Elon
82
F
Chat
64
ETSU
75
F
Colum
50
Corn
62
F
UNCW
72
Charl
70
F
SEMO
59
E IL
61
F
BethC
95
NCAT
98
F
DelSt
45
NCC
72
F
Morg
50
Copp
48
F
Oral
80
SDak
91
F
SeLA
84
NWSt
81
F(OT)
HBU
89
McNee
102
F
ChaSo
92
GWebb
83
F(2OT)
RobM
71
LIU
66
F
Ball
66
CenMI
71
F
W MI
52
NIU
58
F
AbCh
70
CenAR
69
F(OT)
Jacksn
83
KennSt
64
F
Belm
78
APSU
86
F
NFla
73
Lipsco
85
F
AF
81
SJSU
90
F
BYU
82
USF
83
F
USC
75
OrSt
55
F
N CO
74
Ida
53
F
TexAr
64
TxSt
62
F
MorSt
51
JacSt
72
F
Bry
76
MtStM
79
F
GASt
82
GaSo
77
F
S UT
78
E WA
81
F(OT)
TXAMC
68
InWor
47
F
TN-M
79
SIU-E
76
F
SFA
70
Lamar
62
F
Miss
70
UGA
60
F
ArkSt
78
Troy
62
F
Tul
62
ECU
81
F
SCla
65
USD
52
F
PorSt
82
NoAZ
84
F
UTEP
57
N TX
67
F
SoMis
63
MidTN
65
F
KansSt
74
Alab
77
F
GMas
53
David
68
F
ArkPB
54
PVAM
67
F
AlSt
71
South
80
F
Gram
53
JackSt
71
F
SCSt
62
Norf
73
F
AlaAM
58
Alc
59
F
NJIT
56
FlGlf
54
F
WaSt
64
Utah
76
F
Longw
72
HiPt
62
F
Woff
72
WCU
81
F
UMassL
62
Vermt
92
F
BGSU
85
Toled
79
F
FlAtl
55
OlDom
65
F
Harv
70
Dart
66
F
LoyMD
83
Buck
98
F
Nich
77
NOrl
72
F
Marsh
84
W Ky
91
F
UCF
79
WichSt
87
F
Portl
69
Pepp
80
F
NM
74
Nev
96
F
Bois
87
Fres
53
F
NMSt
67
UTRGV
62
F
UtVal
73
GrCan
69
F
IPFW
71
NebOm
75
F
W IL
77
N DA
83
F
ULMo
60
ULLa
81
F
TexSA
90
Rice
88
F
Vand
64
SCar
90
F
TNSt
64
Murr
76
F
StMar
73
LoyMa
62
F
Mont
85
Web
87
F(OT)
MTSt
75
IdaSt
64
F
MsVl
67
TXSo
80
F
ArkLR
73
SthAL
71
F
E KY
80
TNTec
74
F
UCRiv
63
UCSB
65
F
Seatt
86
CSBak
79
F
UMKC
67
CBap
57
F
CAPoly
67
UCIrv
74
F
ColSt
61
UtSt
77
F
CSNor
75
CS-Ful
82
F
UCDav
75
HI
76
F

Jan 25, 2020, 2:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

Louisiana State (15-4)

42

27

69

Texas (12-7)

32

35

67

Watford scores 22 and LSU overcomes Texas rally 69-67
Sat Jan 25, 2020 5:38 PM

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) With about 11 minutes to play, LSU freshman Trendon Watford looked shaky when he badly missed two free throws in the middle of a big Texas rally.

When he got there again with just 16 seconds left and the game on the line, Watford looked just fine.

Watford's two free throws capped a 22-point game by him and effectively closed out LSU's 69-67 victory on Saturday in the Big 12/SEC Challenge, the eighth win in a row for the Tigers.

LSU (15-4) had led by 16 early in the second half, only to buckle under a furious Texas pressure defense that forced turnovers and smothered LSU shooters and drives to the baskets.

Texas had lost by 38 at West Virginia on Monday night and was on the verge of another blowout before storming back. Jericho Sims got the crowd to its feet with a basket that put Texas ahead 60-58 with just over four minutes left.

LSU, which has survived so many close games this season, then found a way to grind out the win.

A tough basket by Darius Days made it 60-60 before Watford put the Tigers ahead. Skylar Mays stretched the lead to four with two free throws with 49 seconds left.

Then it was Watford's turn at the line. Texas had cut the LSU to 64-62 and after seeing his awkward attempts earlier, the Longhorns thought they had put the shooter they needed to miss on the line.

Swish. Swish.

Standing up in that knee-buckling moment was the result of tough shooting drills coach Will Wade runs in practice, Watford said.

"That's what gets you ready for times like this," Watford said.

Andrew Jones, who returned full time this season after missing most of the last two after being diagnosed with leukemia, scored 20 points to lead the Longhorns. He had 12 in the second-half burst that snatched the lead, but also had a key turnover that allowed LSU to put the game away.

"We were the aggressors for that stretch before they changed defenses," Jones said. "We just didn't put it all together at the end."

Sims scored 14 for Texas on 7-of-9 shooting but didn't score again after giving the Longhorns the lead, and didn't even get a shot in the final four minutes.

Texas (12-7) has lost three in a row and three of its last four home games.

"We have to find a way to spur that aggressiveness from beginning to end," Texas coach Shaka Smart said. "They played with their hair on fire later in the game, but they didn't start that way."

BIG PICTURE

LSU: The Tigers took control of the SEC West by winning tight games late and they did it again. Of their eight straight victories, six have come by four points or less.

Texas: The Longhorns were missing injured forward Kamaka Hepa, who had started the previous seven games. He was averaging 5.3 points and most importantly gave Texas length on defense. Kai Jones got his first career start and delivered four points and three rebounds. Smart said after the game an ankle injury in practice will likely keep Hepa off the court for two more weeks.

LONG-RANGE DIFFERENCE

LSU came in shooting under 32 percent on 3-pointers, then made 5 of 9 in the first half. The Tigers followed that with an 0-of-7 effort in the second half.

"We shot the ball as well as we're going to shoot it in the first half," Wade said. "We got stagnant on offense ... We made enough plays at the end. They forced us to the perimeter and take a bunch of jumpers, which is not our forte.

FLEX PLAY

Freshman guard Donovan Williams sparked the Longhorns rally with two steals. The first saw him stretch high to snag an LSU pass, then streak down the court for a slam dunk as he flexed in front of a courtside camera. It looked like showboating as Texas was still down by 14, but he soon grabbed another steal that led to a basket and the rally was on.

UP NEXT

LSU hosts Alabama on Wednesday.

Texas plays at TCU on Wednesday.

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Leaders

Louisiana State PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
T. Watford 22 0 3 6 0 1
J. Smart 10 0 2 6 1 0
Texas PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
A. Jones 20 0 2 1 2 0
M. Coleman 17 0 1 3 0 1

Team Comparison

LSU Tex
Points For 69 67
Field Goals 24/54-44% 28/58-48%
Three Pointers 5/16-31% 8/26-31%
Free Throws 16/20-80% 3/6-50%
Offensive Rebounds 15 9
Defensive Rebounds 21 14
Rebounds 39 23
Blocks 2 4
Steals 7 6
Turnovers 16 13
Personal Fouls 10 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
Sat Jan 25 LSU 69 @ Tex 67 M. Taylor 4 R. Hamm 1

Game Information

Stadium: Frank Erwin Special Events Center, Austin, Texas
Attendance: 11,287
Game Time: