Waters scores 36 to lead No. 19 LSU past Texas A&M for 10th straight win

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas – LSU sophomore Tremont Waters posted the second highest scoring game of his LSU career, 36 points, as the No. 19 ranked Tigers powered past Texas A&M in the second half to win going away, 72-57, Wednesday night at Reed Arena.

The win, LSU’s 10th straight and fourth on the road in the first seven games of Southeastern Conference play, puts the Tigers at 17-3 and 7-0 in the SEC, tied with Tennessee for first. The Volunteers won on Tuesday night at South Carolina.

Waters, three shy of his career high of 39 scored in the Maui Invitational in November 2017 against Marquette, posted the second-most points in an SEC game this season (UT’s Grant Williams had 43 vs. Vanderbilt).

Texas A&M lost for the fourth straight time in SEC play and is now 8-11 and 1-6 in the SEC.

Waters was the only player in double figures for LSU and he proved to be spectacular at times.

Darius Days had nine points and eight rebounds (seven offensive). Naz Reid, Kavell Bigby-Williams and Marlon Taylor each had seven points with Bigby-Williams grabbing 11 boards and blocking three shots.

TJ Starks led A&M with 21 points, while Josh Nebo off the bench had 16 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks.

The Tigers shot 37.1 percent for the game (26-70) with seven total threes. LSU made 11-of-12 free throws in the second half and finished 13-16 for 81.3 percent. A&M shot 33.3 percent (18-54) with three treys and 18-of-23 at the free throw line.

LSU had a 34-26 edge in points in the paint, 12-8 in points off turnovers and 21-16 in second chance points as LSU led for more than 37 minutes of the contest. The Tigers outrebounded Texas A&M, 45-39 with 21 offensive rebounds.

The Tigers took the lead for good in the game at 13-11 with 13:58 to go in the first half on a Taylor dunk off a Javonte Smart pass. But LSU could not put themselves in a strong position despite Waters’ 23 first-half points and led by no more than seven and just one, 37-36, at intermission.

But LSU’s second half performance was workmanlike as they just wore the Aggies into submission, scoring first on a dunk by Bigby-Williams and two free throws by Waters to get the lead to five, 41-36 in the first three minutes of the second half.

Up 41-38, the Tigers ran off eight straight points on two free throws by Reid, an offensive rebound by Bigby-Williams and a dunk by Reid, a rebound and score by Bigby-Williams off a Reid miss, a Bigby-Williams free throw and a three-point layup and free throw by Reid to push the margin to 54-43 in favor of the Tigers with 14:58 to play.

LSU held A&M at bay the rest of the way, allowing them to get no closer than five and getting the lead to the final margin in the final three minutes.

The Tigers are back at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center for a Saturday 5 p.m. game with Arkansas (SEC Network, LSU Sports Radio Network). Tickets are available Thursday and Friday during normal business hours at the LSU Athletics Ticket Office and online at LSUTix.net.

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