NCAAB Game Recap - Louisiana State at Florida
Wed Feb 26, 2020 9:00 PM EST

MD
74
Minn
73
F
StJon
60
Vill
71
F
Rut
64
PSU
65
F
UGA
90
SCar
94
F(OT)
UCF
65
UConn
81
F
ECU
68
SoFL
73
F(OT)
Syr
72
Pitt
49
F
Rich
73
GrgWas
70
F
Brad
74
IlSt
71
F(OT)
Albany
69
UMassL
88
F
Sien
84
Quin
77
F
Denv
51
IPFW
58
F
ETSU
60
Woff
54
F
Samf
78
WCU
109
F
Chat
71
VMI
64
F
UVA
56
VaTec
53
F
Hartfo
65
Stony
54
F
Duques
81
StBon
77
F(OT)
Furm
81
UNCG
67
F
LoyMD
57
Navy
62
F
Bingha
76
UMBC
74
F
VACom
52
UMass
60
F
Maris
56
Manh
65
F
UNH
77
Maine
70
F
Boston
55
Leh
57
F(OT)
URI
76
Ford
75
F
Mercer
73
Citad
57
F
Colg
70
Buck
71
F
HolyC
61
Army
67
F
Lafy
59
Amer
79
F
NWSt
59
SFA
90
F
SeLA
82
McNee
104
F
N DA
83
NebOm
84
F(OT)
ArkSt
74
ULLa
77
F
IndSt
77
SIU
68
F
Evans
64
NrthIA
84
F
TXAMC
81
NOrl
75
F
InWor
66
Lamar
86
F
Nich
93
HBU
85
F
GTown
72
Marq
93
F
Tenn
69
Ark
86
F
ND
62
BC
61
F
NM
58
AF
60
F
Mizzu
61
Vand
52
F
StJos
63
StLou
76
F
LSU
66
Fla
81
F
SamH
69
AbCh
85
F
UtVal
66
CBU
73
F
Utah
62
Stan
70
F
CSNor
73
LongB
64
F
Bois
66
UNLV
76
F

Feb 26, 2020, 9:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

Louisiana State (19-9)

31

35

66

Florida (18-10)

41

40

81

Career nights for Johnson, Lewis as Florida thumps LSU 81-66
Thu Feb 27, 2020 12:15 AM

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) Florida coach Mike White challenged Keyontae Johnson before the tip, asking the sophomore forward whether he could "play hard for the seventh game in a row.”

Johnson responded with another double-double - and a career night.

Johnson had a career-high 25 points to go along with 11 rebounds - his fourth double-double in Florida’s last six games - and the Gators handed LSU its worst lost of the season, 81-66 on Wednesday night.

Johnson made 11 of 15 shots. He added a game-high five assists, two steals and two blocked shots.

“I feel like I’m gaining more confidence with each game that goes by, learning from it and trying to carry it over," Johnson said. “Everybody’s feeding off me.”

Freshman Scottie Lewis also enjoyed a career night for Florida, finishing with 18 points on 8-of-12 shooting.

“We have the capability and the pieces to win the tournament - the SEC and the NCAA Tournament," Lewis said. "He knows that if we play at the highest level, the way we know we can, there’s not too many teams that can beat us.”

The Gators (18-10, 10-5 Southeastern Conference) won for the fourth time in five games, bolstering their NCAA Tournament resume with less than three weeks remaining before Selection Sunday. Florida now has six wins against teams in the top 50 of the NCAA Evaluation Tool (NET) rankings, the primary method used to select and seed the 68-team field.

This one was as impressive as any of the others as Florida led start to finish and handed LSU (19-9, 10-5) its fourth loss in its last five on the road.

Andrew Nembhard chipped in 17 points for Florida, which shot 55% from the field and hit 9 of 21 from 3-point range.

“We got whipped in every phase of the game," LSU coach Will Wade said. "Not much else to say. We got killed. They were ready to play. Florida was ready to get to it. They beat us on the glass. They beat us to loose balls. They shot 55%. Wish I had more to tell you. We got beat everywhere.”

Emmitt Williams led the Tigers with 25 points on 10-of-12 shooting. Trendon Watford added 15.

LSU’s leading scorer, Skylar Mays, had his worst game of the season. The senior guard finished with three points on 1-of-6 shooting. There was one stretch in the first half in which he clanked a dunk, missed a wide-open 3-pointer from the corner and then whiffed on a layup.

“There wasn’t a lot of space for us to maneuver,” Wade said.

Johnson, meanwhile, dominated from the opening tip. Florida hit its first six shots and built a 12-point lead with Johnson leading the way. Wade called timeout to help his team regroup, and it seemed to work - briefly.

But nothing Wade did - changing defenses and defenders - slowed down Johnson. He made his first eight shots and finished the first half with 17 points. He added a 3-pointer on the opening drive after intermission.

“This is two straight years we haven’t been able to guard him," Wade said. "He loves when he sees the purple; he just lights up.”

Johnson’s night included several driving layups, a steal and a score, a dunk and a three-point play the old-fashioned way. It started with White's challenge.

“That gave me motivation,” Johnson said.

BIG PICTURE

LSU: This was a rare lopsided loss for the Tigers, who trailed by as many as 19 points midway through the second half. Of LSU’s nine losses this season, five have been by three points or less.

Florida: Johnson notched his seventh double-double of the season, second on the team to Kerry Blackshear Jr.’s eight. They are the first Florida teammates with at least seven double-doubles in the same season since Joakim Noah and Al Horford in 2006-07.

UP NEXT

LSU: Hosts Texas A&M on Saturday. The Tigers have won five in a row in the series, including a 89-85 victory in overtime in mid-January.

Florida: Plays at Tennessee on Saturday. The Gators have dropped three straight and four of the last five in the series.

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Leaders

Louisiana State PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
C. Cooper 0 0 0 2 0 0
M. Graves 0 0 0 1 0 0
Florida PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
D. Bassett 0 0 1 0 0 0
O. Payne 0 0 0 1 0 0

Team Comparison

LSU Fla
Points For 66 81
Field Goals 26/59-44% 34/62-55%
Three Pointers 6/23-26% 9/21-43%
Free Throws 8/12-67% 4/7-57%
Offensive Rebounds 9 6
Defensive Rebounds 24 27
Rebounds 39 36
Blocks 2 6
Steals 3 3
Turnovers 8 5
Personal Fouls 12 14
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - Series Tied 1-1

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Tue Jan 21 Fla 82 @ LSU 84 Q. Glover 4 M. Taylor 10
Wed Feb 26 LSU 66 @ Fla 81 M. Taylor 2 T. Mann 2

Game Information

Stadium: Stephen C. O'Connell Center, Gainesville, Florida
Attendance: 10,002
Game Time: