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Late surge carries LSU past Texas AM

Field Level Media
27 Jan 2021, 14:40 GMT+10

Cameron Thomas scored 28 points and LSU scored the final 18 points of the game to defeat Texas AM 78-66 on Tuesday night in College Station, Texas.

Javonte Smart added 19 points, Trendon Watford scored 13 and Darius Days had 11 for the Tigers (11-4, 6-3 Southeastern Conference), who beat the Aggies 77-54 last month in Baton Rouge, La.

Jay Jay Chandler scored 21 points and Savion Flagg had 17 for Texas AM (7-7, 2-6). The Aggies took the lead midway through the second half behind a barrage of 3-pointers before going scoreless for the final 8:49.

LSU led by eight points early in the second half before Texas AM made six 3-pointers, the last two coming back to back from Quenton Jackson, on its way to a 63-57 lead midway through the half.

Smart cut the lead in half by making a 3-pointer, but Chandler answered with a 3-pointer of his own.

Thomas made a 3-pointer and Days added a layup to get the Tigers within a point before both teams went scoreless for more than two minutes.

Watford sank two free throws and Thomas added a 3-pointer and three free throws as LSU took a 75-66 lead with 2 1/2 minutes left.

LSU, which far fell behind early in losing to Kentucky and Alabama in its previous two games, got off to a much better start against Texas AM.

The Tigers made their first two 3-point attempts and raced to a 10-2 lead in less than three minutes.

Flagg scored five points as the Aggies closed within 15-11 before LSU made another run.

Josh LeBlanc Sr. converted a three-point play and Smart added a 3-pointer as the Tigers grabbed a 23-13 lead midway through the half.

Texas AM made just one field goal in more than six minutes while Thomas scored six points, allowing LSU to open a 35-18 lead.

Flagg hit one 3-pointer and Chandler made three treys during an 18-4 run by the Aggies.

Watford made two free throws for the Tigers' only points of the final 3 1/2 minutes to give them a 41-36 halftime lead.

--Field Level Media

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