NCAAB Game Recap - Louisiana State at South Carolina
Sat Feb 22, 2020 6:00 PM EST

Kansas
64
Baylor
61
F
Gonz
78
BYU
91
F
UNLV
66
SDSU
63
F
Duques
70
Dayt
80
F
VaTec
64
Duke
88
F
FlaSt
67
NCSU
61
F
Fla
59
KY
65
F
UNC
55
Lou
72
F
Vill
64
Xav
55
F
Tenn
66
Aub
73
F
Oreg
73
Ariz
72
F(OT)
WVU
60
TCU
67
F(OT)
UCLA
70
Colora
63
F
Marq
72
Prov
84
F
Hou
59
Mem
60
F
Tul
75
UCF
74
F
UVA
59
Pitt
56
F
Woff
66
Furm
67
F
MidTN
61
SoMis
53
F
Mizzu
68
Ark
78
F
Hamp
87
Winth
81
F
UNCG
71
VMI
68
F
E MI
55
Ball
64
F
CBap
95
ChiSt
53
F
Navy
75
Army
86
F(OT)
Tex
70
KansSt
59
F
NoKY
61
YSU
59
F
Toled
68
W MI
59
F
Elon
71
Tows
84
F
Mich
71
Purd
63
F
NE
77
Drex
68
F
SthAL
74
CoCar
71
F
ETSU
80
Samf
74
F
SMU
57
Tuls
79
F
Murr
59
SIU-E
58
F
NebOm
93
W IL
86
F
GaSo
81
TexAr
61
F
WriSt
81
Clev
74
F(OT)
MisSt
75
TexAM
87
F
LoyIL
62
MOSt
74
F
ULLa
77
ULMo
83
F
TNSt
63
MorSt
66
F
LaTec
73
N TX
71
F
SCSt
65
BethC
69
F(OT)
GaTec
72
Syr
79
F
Okla
66
OkSt
83
F
LaSal
72
GrgWas
62
F
Troy
59
App
68
F
GrCan
80
UtVal
92
F
SJSU
71
ColSt
78
F
Wyo
78
AF
72
F
Hartfo
75
Bingha
74
F
FlGlf
55
NJIT
39
F
W&M
78
JMU
74
F
UMass
57
Ford
49
F
Hof
78
Del
62
F
MiaO
65
Akr
75
F
IUPUI
72
IL-C
77
F
MD-ES
55
NCC
74
F
Norf
63
FlaAM
66
F
DelSt
86
Copp
98
F
StJos
55
GMas
62
F
CenMI
81
NIU
82
F(OT)
NOrl
82
McNee
77
F
Drake
53
IlSt
57
F
Mercer
85
Chat
80
F
USC-Up
60
Radf
81
F
Presb
64
UNCA
75
F
Ohio
61
BGSU
62
F
Nich
65
CenAR
84
F
How
67
NCAT
71
F
APSU
80
E IL
83
F(OT)
Lipsco
74
NFla
82
F
ArkLR
81
ArkSt
78
F
Sac
67
Ida
56
F
GASt
76
TxSt
86
F
AbCh
75
SeLA
69
F
TN-M
58
JacSt
72
F
Campbl
61
GWebb
73
F
Stetsn
49
Lib
77
F
NoAZ
70
E WA
80
F
SFA
80
InWor
56
F
URI
75
David
77
F(OT)
SEMO
62
TNTec
71
F
TXAMC
62
Lamar
79
F
TXSo
94
MsVl
92
F
KennSt
55
Jacksn
69
F
TxTch
87
IaSt
57
F
Cal
52
Wash
87
F
Pepp
61
USF
63
F(OT)
UGA
80
Vand
78
F
LSU
86
SCar
80
F
Brown
45
Corn
63
F
Clem
82
BC
64
F
JackSt
61
Gram
63
F
HBU
73
SamH
77
F
Rich
71
StBon
75
F
South
56
AlSt
44
F
Charl
72
W Ky
70
F
Rice
62
UTEP
68
F
OlDom
66
Marsh
74
F
UAB
58
FlAtl
65
F
HI
60
LongB
64
F
HiPt
54
Longw
57
F
UNH
68
Albany
56
F
UMBC
66
Vermt
64
F
Maine
46
Stony
54
F
Charl
55
UNCW
68
F
Penn
65
Harv
69
F
Belm
83
E KY
70
F
Princ
65
Dart
62
F
Yale
83
Colum
65
F
Alc
61
AlaAM
71
F
Citad
84
WCU
96
F
USD
63
StMar
92
F
OrSt
73
AzSt
74
F
NDSt
68
N DA
71
F
Brad
78
Valpa
90
F
Alab
103
Miss
78
F
PVAM
69
ArkPB
61
F
GTown
68
DeP
74
F
S UT
71
Web
82
F
UTRGV
62
NMSt
78
F
Mont
59
MTSt
54
F
N CO
85
IdaSt
72
F
UCRiv
61
CAPoly
49
F
CSBak
54
Seatt
69
F
UCDav
56
UCSB
70
F
LoyMa
66
Portl
58
F
SCla
74
Pacif
87
F
UCIrv
87
CSNor
64
F
Fres
76
Nev
78
F

Feb 22, 2020, 6:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

Louisiana State (19-8)

44

42

86

South Carolina (16-11)

37

43

80

LSU ends 2-game losing streak with 86-80 win over Gamecocks
Sat Feb 22, 2020 9:27 PM

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) After a struggling stretch, LSU needed someone to step up. Darius Days was ready for the call.

Days had 18 points and set the tone for the desperate Tigers with four 3-pointers in the first half of an 86-80 victory over South Carolina on Saturday night.

LSU (19-8, 10-4 Southeastern Conference) was ranked most of the season, but came in having lost four of its past five.

Days, the 6-foot-6 sophomore, “played awesome," Tigers coach Will Wade said. “When the chips are down, you need someone to step up."

Days helped LSU open a 19-point second-half lead on the way to ending a two-game losing streak.

“It was good that I came out and hit those threes early," said Days, who came in shooting less than 28% from behind the arc.

Days was even happier with the result since perhaps there will be a better, happier environment at practices. “Practices have really been fun. I'm just going to say that," Days said.

Javonte Smart also had 18 points for the Tigers, who reached double-figure league victories for the second straight season.

South Carolina (16-11, 8-6) cut a 19-point second-half deficit to 84-80 with 17.9 seconds left, but Smart followed with two foul shots to close out the win.

South Carolina coach Frank Martin was disappointed at his team's defensive attention to detail. He said his team's late rally might give the impression the Gamecocks played hard. “No we didn't,” he said. “We got our tails kicked."

Early on, LSU used accurate shooting and a defensive fierceness to keep South Carolina on its heels most of the game.

The Gamecocks drew within 39-37 with a minute left before halftime when Days hit his fourth 3-pointer, then stole the ball from Wildens Leveque in the open court for an uncontested layup that sent LSU into the locker room up 44-37.

Trendon Watford, Aundre Hyatt and Charles Manning Jr. all had 3-pointers early in the second half and Days put back Manning's long miss to put the Tigers ahead 57-46.

Keyshawn Bryant and Jermaine Couisnard had 15 points each to lead South Carolina. Bryant also had 10 boards for his first career double-double.

Days left the game and went to the locker room with about 13 minutes to go after getting poked in the eye during one exchange under South Carolina's basket. He finished two points shy of his career best, set twice this year.

Days said he was fine.

Watford had 15 points and 10 rebounds for his fifth double-double this season.

LSU's quickness and skill kept it ahead early whenever South Carolina tightened things up.

The Tigers had a 16-5 burst to lead 24-17 with 11:15 left in the opening half. When the Gamecocks scored seven straight to tie it up, LSU answered with seven in a row to pull back in front.

Again, South Carolina rallied to cut the lead to 31-29 and LSU broke off an 8-0 run the next two minutes for a 10-point lead.

THE BIG PICTURE

LSU: The Tigers look like they've taken a step back in the right direction for a return to the NCAA Tournament. They were ranked much of the season until losing four of their previous five before coming to South Carolina. In this one, LSU showed off the explosiveness that will help in the postseason.

South Carolina: The Gamecocks, too, were making a late push for the NCAA bubble with a stretch of eight wins in 10 SEC games. But back-to-back defeats to Mississippi State and LSU have them sliding backwards at the wrong time.

MAKING A CHANGE

LSU's Wade gave freshman guard Aundre Hyatt his first career college start over sophomore Emmitt Williams against South Carolina. Williams has started 24 games this season. Wade said Hyatt “does a lot of things that really helped us win."

Hyatt finished with three points and a steal in 13 minutes.

DIFFICULT STRETCH

South Carolina's Martin said the tight turnaround - his team got home at 3 a.m. Thursday from its loss at Mississippi State - made it hard to adequately prepare the team for LSU's aggressive, relentless nature. “First time all year, I'm disappointed," he said.

UP NEXT

LSU is at Florida on Wednesday night.

South Carolina is home against Georgia on Wednesday night.

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Leaders

Louisiana State PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
C. Cooper 0 0 0 0 0 0
J. Smart 18 0 3 0 0 1
South Carolina PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
T. Moss 0 0 0 0 0 0
J. McCreary 0 0 0 2 0 0

Team Comparison

LSU SCar
Points For 86 80
Field Goals 26/59-44% 28/75-37%
Three Pointers 9/23-39% 9/25-36%
Free Throws 25/31-81% 15/25-60%
Offensive Rebounds 12 20
Defensive Rebounds 29 23
Rebounds 45 46
Blocks 6 5
Steals 8 8
Turnovers 14 11
Personal Fouls 23 22
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 Feb 22 LSU 86 @ SCar 80 M. Taylor 2 A. Frink 1

Game Information

Stadium: Colonial Life Arena, Columbia, South Carolina
Attendance: 15,979
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