Skylar Mays recorded 20 points on 5-of-9 shooting in tonight's victory
Gus Stark

No. 25 LSU Handles Georgia, 92-82

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

BATON ROUGE – The 25th-ranked LSU men’s basketball team used its offensive firepower to outscore Georgia and score an 18th consecutive win in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center, 92-82, over the Bulldogs Wednesday night.

The Tigers are now 15-3 overall and 5-0 in the SEC, the first time the Tigers are 5-0 in the league since 2006. Georgia falls to 9-9 and 1-5 in the league.

LSU won its 18th consecutive game on the anniversary of the first win in the streak a year ago and the streak is now tied for second in the 48-year history of the building. The Tigers also won 18 games in a row over the 1983-84 and 1984-85 seasons and in the 1989-90 and 1990-91 seasons. The building record is 23 consecutive wins during the 1980-81 and 1981-82 seasons.

The Tigers won its eighth consecutive game overall on a night when both teams were shooting well from the field and each had 44 points in the paint as the Tigers defense faltered them at times in the contest.

Tremont Waters led LSU with 26 points, hitting 9-of-14 field goals, one trey and 7-of-11 at the free throw line. Waters had four assists and four steals and more importantly, no turnovers.

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Skylar Mays posted 20 points (5-of-9, two treys and 8-8 free throws) with Naz Reid making 7-of-11 from the field and getting 15 points with Ja'vonte Smart adding 10.

Rayshaun Hammonds led UGA with 18 points, while Nicolas Claxton added 15, Derek Ogbeide 14 and Jordan Harris 10.

Georgia shot 53.6 percent from the floor for the game (30-of-56) and 8-of-17 from the arc to go with 14-of-18 at the free throw line. LSU was outshot but shot 50 percent in both halves to finish at 33-of-66 overall but just 5-of-20 from the arc. LSU was 21-of-29 for the game at the line, 14-of-17 in the second half.

LSU outrebounded the Bulldogs, 32-31 and only committed eight turnovers, the fewest since the seven in the November Louisiana Tech game. Georgia committed 17 miscues and the Tigers had a 17-7 advantage in points off turnovers.

The Bulldogs led by as much as six in the first five minutes of the game, before LSU, down 13-8, went on a 14-0 run that took the LSU lead to 22-13. Waters started the scoring with a layup, then Waters and Smart hit three-pointers to put LSU ahead for good at 16-13.

Marlon Taylor made two free throws and Smart hit a jumper to make it 20-13 and when Derek Ogbeide’s shot was blocked by Kavell Bigby-Williams, Taylor got the rebound and ended up with a dunk on the other end off a Waters pass to make the lead nine with 12:07 to go in the first half.

In the final minutes of the first half, the Tigers pushed the lead to double digits and led at intermission 48-36.

The lead reached as much as 17 on three different occasions, the last on a Waters layup at 69-52 with 11:35 to play.

Although the teams spent much of the rest of the game trading points, Georgia was able to get the lead down to seven on a couple of occasions with about four minutes to play, but the Tigers were able to continue to score and make free throws down the stretch to seal the game.

The Tigers are on the road for the next two starts, going to Missouri on Saturday for a 5 p.m. contest and then Texas A&M next Tuesday before returning home on Feb. 2 to host Arkansas at 5 p.m.

LSU vs Georgia Quotes
January 23, 2019

LSU Head Coach Will Wade

Opening statement…
“Give Georgia credit. They played really well. They played with a good spirit. They played extremely hard. I thought they were really, really good tonight. I thought Coach (Tom) Crean had them ready to go. They hit some threes early on. They were ready. We didn’t play very well. I’m not real pleased about things. We have a lot of stuff we have to get better about. We were exposed a little bit tonight in some areas we haven’t been. On the plus side, we did only turn it over eight times which was tremendous. That allowed us to score a bunch. Our defense, our post defense, our overall defense, it looked like it did at the beginning of the year. We have a lot, a lot of work to do. This is not what we expect and not to our standard.”

On the Tremont Waters’ performance tonight…
“Tre was great. Sky (Skylar Mays) was great in the first half. Tre and Sky bailed us out with their offense. They bailed us out. We were able to score pretty much at will against their matchup (zone) and against their man. We scored 92 points and only turned it over eight times. That’s not where our issues are. We can score decent. We’re going to get exposed on Saturday if we don’t correct some things.”

LSU vs Georgia Player Quotes
January 23, 2019

LSU Guard Tremont Waters

On recognizing a great performance during a game…
“You could say that. I was just playing basketball. My teammates and coaching staff told me to just keep playing and let the game come to you and that is what I did.”

On the feeling of winning while not playing great…
“We all knew it was not our best game. Going into the game, things were a little shaky. We were a great team and were able to pull it out and we just have to keep building and learn from it.”

LSU Guard Skylar Mays

On coming back in the game and playing better…
“It was just taking shots I am comfortable with. That is part of my game and I have great teammates who give me great looks and I was able to knock them down tonight.”

On Tremont’s performance…
“He makes a lot of things look easier than they are. He is just a special player and a guy I want to work with every day and just watch him grow.”

LSU Forward Naz Reid

On giving up several layups in the second half…
“We were gambling a lot and were not getting back in transition. That is definitely something Coach emphasized in practice. On the other end, we were scoring too. It is basically not getting back in transition. Just playing behind, as opposed to in front of them.”

On the battle with Nicolas Claxton and other bigs…
“It was a good battle, he is a tough player. It was a great game and a great battle. He did everything he could do and I did everything I could do.”

Georgia Head Coach Tom Crean

Opening statement…
“First and foremost, what you already know is that LSU is really good. They’re extremely talented and he (LSU Head Coach Will Wade) has done a fantastic job of getting a bunch of young guys to really understand what it takes to win and that’s to be so good on the glass. We’ve played some of the best rebounding teams in the country already and I know we held in there, rebounding wise, but that team (LSU) is so good. They go to the glass so well, and because of Tremont’s (Waters) passing and because he creates so many different avenues where, if you’re not locked into your man, you end up over helping and he just zips it for a three or for a lob or for a drop off or things like that. They’re always in great anticipation of rebounding the ball. There’s a lot of things you have to get ready for when you play LSU. It starts with Tremont and his ability to pass, like I said, it’s the spacing that they have and the way he finds people. But it’s their abilities to play through their bigs. The rebounds, the dunks, the post moves, the things they get. At the same time, we were able to score points. Our team made a very strong comeback. We never felt at halftime like we wouldn’t, the players were figuring it out but we had some timely mistakes after we made our run late. We made a couple of communication errors, a couple of ‘and-1s’ – those types of things hurt. Our margin for error isn’t very high. We have got to have five people as connected as they can be on defense and on offense. When we’re making the ball move because of our body movement, we did a lot of good things. We just have to do more of that. You can’t win in any league with as many turnovers as we had in this game. I say all that, at the end of the day, we just wanted a chance to win the game. We had that late, but we just couldn’t get enough stuff together under those last two minutes to make it better and give ourselves a chance to win.”

On the half time adjustments made in the being able to score in paint for the second half…
“Well, it’s just movement. I said at the beginning of the game that we had to move. In my nine years at Indiana we led the power conference schools in three-point percentage. Not attempts, but percentage, because we did a lot of movement and we were really, really good at knocking shots in the slots, that high-wing area, top of the key, things like that. Well, we’re there, but we don’t have the downhill drivers to create for us right now. We don’t have the excellent shooting that we need to have and every team knows it. So if we’re not getting cuts, if we’re not cutting off those slots and corners, and my point was at the beginning of the game for Rayshaun (Hammonds) and Nick (Claxton) was that our offensive game would go with their ability to cut. Not just with their ability to catch and play, but their ability to cut and move and keep moving the defense. I think Derek (Ogbeide) was the beneficiary of some of those types of things. We went into him a couple of times, but strategically, most the time it was because the ball was moving and the guys were cutting and moving well without the ball. Derek is very good at moving without the ball now, so there’s some encouraging signs of things we did with our offense.”