NCAAB Game Recap - Texas A&M at Louisiana State
Sat Feb 29, 2020 12:00 PM EST

Kansas
62
KansSt
58
F
Baylor
72
TCU
75
F
StMar
76
Gonz
86
F
SDSU
83
Nev
76
F
FlaSt
69
Clem
70
F
Duke
50
UVA
52
F
Aub
66
KY
73
F
MSU
78
MD
66
F
Prov
58
Vill
54
F
Seton
88
Marq
79
F
PSU
68
Iowa
77
F
BYU
81
Pepp
64
F
Okla
73
WVU
62
F
Tex
68
TxTch
58
F
TexAM
50
LSU
64
F
Detr
90
IUPUI
88
F
Pitt
73
NCSU
77
F
CenMI
63
E MI
67
F
Army
65
Colg
91
F
Buck
71
Boston
74
F
Jacksn
53
Stetsn
52
F
N AL
78
FlGlf
73
F(OT)
Vand
60
Miss
86
F
NJIT
76
KennSt
55
F
HiPt
76
Winth
84
F
Ford
69
StJos
73
F
StFPA
68
RobM
78
F
Iona
91
Niag
100
F(OT)
Bingha
70
UNH
89
F
UMBC
48
Maine
74
F
StFNY
85
CenCT
79
F
UConn
84
ECU
63
F
Lib
71
Lipsco
77
F
StPet
69
Canis
68
F
IlSt
71
Evans
60
F
LoyIL
67
Brad
66
F
Bry
80
Merrim
59
F
Ball
63
Toled
69
F
Fla
58
Tenn
63
F
StBon
65
LaSal
73
F
Navy
60
Lafy
62
F
Valpa
58
IndSt
71
F
Akr
86
Buff
73
F
Amer
90
HolyC
47
F
E IL
70
SIU-E
52
F
W IL
63
Denv
69
F
ULLa
69
ArkLR
91
F
MisSt
67
Mizzu
63
F
LIU
67
SacHr
76
F
BGSU
55
MiaO
73
F
IaSt
61
OkSt
73
F
Portl
68
SCla
73
F
AF
74
ColSt
87
F
SIU
59
MOSt
84
F
Elon
79
W&M
86
F
ND
73
Wake
84
F
GrgWas
51
VACom
75
F
UNC
92
Syr
79
F
GWebb
70
Radf
62
F
ChaSo
65
Presb
76
F
FaDi
83
MtStM
77
F
JMU
81
Hof
97
F
WCU
67
ETSU
68
F
Drex
66
Charl
75
F
Oakl
68
IL-C
66
F
NCC
83
SCSt
82
F(2OT)
Copp
72
Morg
65
F
DelSt
84
MD-ES
63
F
NOrl
68
Nich
92
F
Citad
58
Furm
82
F
N DA
67
SDak
77
F
CoCar
84
App
77
F
CenAR
70
AbCh
75
F
NIU
69
W MI
72
F
UNCG
72
Chat
74
F
Woff
47
Mercer
59
F
UNCA
69
Campbl
78
F
USC-Up
90
Hamp
79
F
UNLV
92
SJSU
69
F
NebOm
67
NDSt
87
F
NWSt
92
SeLA
95
F
VMI
78
Samf
84
F
Leh
74
LoyMD
71
F
SEMO
78
TN-M
87
F
Lamar
76
SFA
95
F
Vermt
94
UMassL
77
F
UCF
54
Tuls
65
F
Utah
79
Cal
86
F(OT)
MTSt
63
NoAZ
57
F
NrthIA
70
Drake
43
F
UMass
71
Rich
95
F
Ark
89
UGA
99
F
Harv
67
Corn
58
F
Penn
73
Brown
68
F
AlSt
58
PVAM
65
F
South
71
Alc
57
F
MsVl
70
JackSt
87
F
ArkPB
46
Gram
60
F
How
59
Norf
89
F
DeP
42
Butl
60
F
InWor
70
TXAMC
78
F
Wyo
55
Fres
63
F
Stony
52
Albany
49
F
Princ
63
Yale
66
F
Del
82
UNCW
65
F
GMas
78
Duques
81
F
Dart
76
Colum
57
F
MorSt
76
E KY
80
F
Troy
63
SthAL
78
F
Mem
74
Tul
67
F(OT)
LongB
76
UCDav
77
F
AzSt
61
USC
71
F
USF
69
LoyMa
67
F
UTRGV
88
GrCan
80
F
YSU
73
WIMil
69
F
Clev
67
WIGB
74
F
IPFW
66
Oral
72
F
ChiSt
58
UMKC
80
F
TNTec
71
JacSt
75
F
McNee
100
HBU
80
F
Mia-FL
57
GaTec
63
F
APSU
61
Murr
75
F
SCar
86
Alab
90
F
Belm
72
TNSt
65
F
AlaAM
58
TXSo
85
F
PorSt
89
Web
83
F
Ida
55
S UT
87
F
E WA
68
N CO
64
F
NMSt
62
CSBak
46
F
Seatt
87
CBU
88
F(OT)
Ariz
64
UCLA
69
F
Pacif
71
USD
64
F
CS-Ful
92
CSNor
99
F
UCSB
58
UCIrv
69
F
UtSt
64
NM
66
F
Mont
79
Sac
71
F
UCRiv
49
HI
43
F

Feb 29, 2020, 12:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

Texas A&M (14-14)

20

30

50

Louisiana State (20-9)

28

36

64

Mays' strong 2nd half lifts LSU past Texas&M
Sat Feb 29, 2020 7:39 PM

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — LSU guard Skylar Mays rose decisively for late-game 3-pointers, mixed in a crisp, cross-court pass to set up Emmitt Williams' pivotal fast-break dunk and hustled into the paint on the defensive end to help the Tigers compete for rebounds.

Mays scored 19 of his 24 points in the second half and grabbed eight rebounds to help LSU defeat Texas A&M 64-50 on Saturday. It was a performance the Tigers sorely needed coming off a 15-point setback at Florida that marked LSU's fifth loss in its previous seven games.

"The biggest thing that we did out there was we just competed and took pride in it," Mays said. "It shows what we are capable of and we are just going to build on it."

LSU (20-9, 11-5 SEC) now needs one victory in its final two regular season games — or one loss by both South Carolina and Mississippi State — to clinch a double-bye in the SEC tournament. A victory would be preferable for as the Tigers seek to re-establish their NCAA Tournament credentials after recently plummeting out of the Top 25.

Javonte Smart scored 14 points, hitting three 3-pointers in the first half to help LSU open an early 13-point lead.

"We played with really good effort, energy and physicality," LSU coach Will Wade said. "It was a much needed win and I'm proud of their effort."

The Tigers held a lead of around 10 points for much of the game, but the Aggies (14-14, 8-8) briefly closed to 55-48 when when A&M top scorer Savion Flagg hit a 3 with 5:54 left.

Mays responded with his fifth 3 of the game and later set up Williams' transition dunk that gave the Tigers a 60-48 lead with 3:26 left. The Aggies managed only one basket the rest of the way.

"They're really good. All credit to them," A&M coach Buzz Williams said of LSU. "Their size, their length, their talent, their scheme — all of it for sure impacted us."

Hitting 6 of 8 shots, including 5 of 6 from 3-point range, Flagg finished with 17 points, giving him 10 or more points in six straight games. Josh Nebo added 11 points and nine rebounds for A&M.

BIG PICTURE

Texas A&M: The Aggies shot 40.8%, with just Flagg and Nebo making as many as half of their shots. A&M's point total was the lowest by one of LSU's SEC opponents since A&M scored 49 in 2014. A lack of assertiveness inside limited the Aggies to nine free throws, of which they missed eight, including all five in the second half. A&M also committed 13 turnovers, leading to 12 LSU points.

"We need to make more than one free throw," Williams said. "We need to try to get in the bonus both halves, as early as we can."

LSU: Despite shooting inconsistently, the Tigers maintained a comfortable lead most of the way by playing effective defense, limiting their own turnovers to a season-low four, and outrebounding A&M 35-33. Although LSU only shot 40.4%, the Tigers combined for 10 3s, one more than the Aggies, and outscored the A&M 8-1 on the free throw line.

RETIRING NO. 35

Three decades after playing his final game for LSU, Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf stood on the court during halftime to see an enlarged image of his No. 35 jersey retired and hung in the rafters next to that of former teammate Shaquille O'Neal. Abdul-Rauf went by the name Chris Jackson during his two years at LSU and when he was drafted by the Denver Nuggets in 1990.

O'Neal recorded a video message played on the scoreboard, saying Abdul-Rauf was "really the best player" on their team.

Among dignitaries in attendance were Bob Pettit, a former LSU and NBA star who was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame, and former LSU and NBA player Rudy Macklin, who is among five players, along with Pettit and the late Pete Maravich, to have his jersey retired by LSU. The volume of the applauding crowd spiked when Abdul-Rauf embraced his former coach, Dale Brown.

Abdul-Rauf thanked Brown, his mother, former teammates and people from his childhood in Mississippi for their role in his success.

"Growing up without a father, I would wake up and I would train relentlessly because one of my goals was to have a family someday and to be able to raise children," Abdul-Rauf said as tears began rolling down his cheeks and several of his children converged affectionately around him. "So I just wanted them to know, even though they weren't there through all those years of training, they were always in the back of my mind, and I wanted them to experience this moment."

UP NEXT

Texas A&M: Visits Auburn on Wednesday night.

LSU: Visits Arkansas on Wednesday night.

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Leaders

Texas A&M PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
J. Aku 0 0 0 0 0 0
A. Gordon 0 0 2 1 0 0
Louisiana State PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
S. Mays 24 0 3 8 2 0
J. Smart 14 0 3 3 0 0

Team Comparison

TexAM LSU
Points For 50 64
Field Goals 20/49-41% 23/57-40%
Three Pointers 9/23-39% 10/31-32%
Free Throws 1/9-11% 8/12-67%
Offensive Rebounds 9 12
Defensive Rebounds 24 23
Rebounds 38 38
Blocks 1 1
Steals 2 7
Turnovers 13 4
Personal Fouls 11 9
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - LSU Leads Series 2-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Tue Jan 14 LSU 89 @ TexAM 85 C. Manning 1 M. French 3
Sat Feb 29 TexAM 50 @ LSU 64 E. Miller 2 M. Graves 2

Game Information

Stadium: Pete Maravich Assembly Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Attendance: 10,889
Game Time: