Freshman forward Naz Reid prepares to take off for a dunk in the second half of LSU's victory
Gus Stark

LSU Defeats Charleston in AdvoCare Invitational, 67-55

Kent Lowe (@LSUkent)
Kent Lowe (@LSUkent)
Communications Sr. Associate

ORLANDO, Florida – Tremont Waters tied his career high in assists, Skylar Mays and Emmitt Williams scored in double figures and the No. 19 LSU Tigers held the College of Charleston to just 34 percent from the field shooting in a good 67-55 win over the Cougars in a quarterfinal round matchup in the AdvoCare Invitational at the HP Field House at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports Complex at Disney World.

The Tigers, 5-0 for the first time since the 2012-13 season, will now face No. 14/13 Florida State (81-63 winner over UAB) in the second semifinal at 4:30 p.m. EST (3:30 p.m. CST). The game will be televised on ESPN2  (Karl Ravech, Dalen Cuff) and the game will be broadcast on the affiliates of the LSU Sports Radio Network (Eagle 98.1 FM in Baton Rouge).

Waters had 11 assists last year at Auburn and equaled that number against Charleston, his seventh career game with double figure assists in 38 career LSU games. Waters also posted eight points.

Williams, the freshman from Fort Myers, Florida, had 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting and nine rebounds, while Baton Rouge junior Mays hit two treys in a 12-point, 5 assist night.

LSU shot 51.9 percent for the game (27-of-52) with six treys and 7-of-10 at the charity stripe. It marked the 15th time the Tigers have won in as many games shooting 50 percent or better in Will Wade’s tenure as head coach. LSU is now 20-0 when outshooting an opponent in the same time period.

Charleston’s shooting woes were really apparent in the first half when they made just 8-of-29 shots, finishing the game at 18-of-53. That included five treys and 14-of-22 at the free throw line.

The Tigers had a 36-20 advantage in points in the paint and as a team was 21-of-32 inside the arc (65.6%). Seven of those misses were layups as LSU was 14-of-21 on layups in the game.

LSU, who according to Coach Will Wade had three good days of practice heading in the contest, jumped out on Charleston to the tune of 11-3 on a 7-0 run as Naz Reid had a jumper, Waters hit a trey and then Waters got a bucket after a rebound by Reid.

Up 22-16, LSU went on an 11-0 run as Mays hit a three, Williams scored back-to-back buckets, Marlon Taylor had a dunk off a Williams pass and Kavell Bigby-Williams scored to make it 33-16 with 2:38 to go in the first half. LSU went to the halftime intermission up by 11, 33-22.

LSU was able to get the lead back to 16 on several occasions in the second half and comfortably was able to take the game out as the Cougars (3-2) could only get the game as close as 10 on multiple occasions as well. LSU equaled its 17 point advantage on a Williams free throw with 3:23 to go, 65-48.

In other first round action, Villanova defeated Canisius, 83-56, and Oklahoma State beat Memphis, 84-64. Oklahoma State and Villanova will meet in the other semifinal that is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. EST (10:30 a.m. BR time, ESPN). LSU will play either Villanova or Oklahoma State in Sunday’s final game day either in the championship or for third place.

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