LSU remains unbeaten in SEC with 89-67 win over South Carolina

LSU remains unbeaten in SEC with 89-67 win over South Carolina
(Source: Josh Auzenne)

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - LSU remains unbeaten in SEC play with an 89-67 win over South Carolina at the PMAC on Saturday.

The Tigers (14-3, 4-0 SEC) have now won 17 straight at home. They join Tennessee as the only teams with unblemished records in league play. The official attendance for the game was 11,607.

The team showed its athleticism by putting on a dunk fest for the home crowd. LSU threw it down 10 times.

Two freshmen led LSU in scoring in the game. Forwards Naz Reid and Emmitt Williams both finished with 15 points. Reid also pulled down six rebounds, had two assists, and blocked a shot. Williams added a game-high 13 rebounds to record his third double-double of the season.

“Great crowd. We appreciate everyone coming out. Obviously I was pleased with the win," said head coach Will Wade. “The first half, we played well. We need to sustain our focus a little better. To be able to shoot 32-of-35 from the free-throw line, tremendous. Great job attacking the paint. We had good pace and good space, especially in the first half. I thought we did a good job on the backboards. Kavell (Bigby-Williams) and Emmitt (Williams) both had double-doubles. We did a great job on the offensive glass. It’s good to see us win a different way. We were shooting 53-percent from three (as of late). That’s not necessarily sustainable all the time. You have to have other ways to win and for us to win when we didn’t shoot it well from three is certainly a positive. This is something we need to build off of. We have to be able to play a complete game, full game, sustain our focus for a full 40 minutes.”

Sophomore guard Tremont Waters had 12 points and dished out six assists to lead the Tigers in that category. He also had two steals, giving him more than 300 for his career.

Senior forward Kavell Bigby-Williams had a double-double in the game, behind 12 points and 11 rebounds.

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After the game, South Carolina head coach Frank Martin talked about the Tigers' athleticism.

“When I started watching them on film, everyone has told me they’re the most athletic team in the league,” Martin explained. “I haven’t played every team in the league, but I kind of know people’s personnel. They’re as athletic as I’ve seen here in the SEC in my team in the league, top to bottom.”

The Tigers made it count when they went to the free throw line. They only missed three shots from the charity stripe, finishing with just over 91 percent in the stat column.

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