BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Despite sloppy play, No. 25 LSU extended its winning streak to eight with a 92-82 win over the Georgia Bulldogs at the PMAC Wednesday night.
Head coach Will Wade’s Tigers now have a 5-0 start in the SEC and are 15-3 overall before a paid crowd of 9,400 at “The Deaf Dome.”
Waters finished with a season-high 26 points, with 19 of those coming in the second half. He was 6-of-9 from the floor and 7-of-8 from the free throw line. He scored 10 of the Tigers' last 15 points in the game and didn’t have a single turnover.
“He was phenomenal,” head coach Will Wade said after the game. “He took over down the stretch, when we just kept the ball in his hands and he made play after play after play.”
“Every kid lives for the day where their team or coaching staff has a lot of faith in them,” Waters explained. “I made a comment in the game, and they kind of looked at me like, ‘Tre. That’s your time.’ So, I just had to live up to the moment and do what I do.”
Junior guard Skylar Mays had a season-high 20 points in the win.
“I was just taking shots I’m comfortable with,” said Mays. “I’ve got great teammates who give me good looks, and I was able to knock them down tonight.”
Forward Naz Reid chipped in 15 points.
Despite his praise for the way Waters and Mays played, Wade was not happy with his team overall.
“Our communication was bad. We’re a step slow. We got beat on back doors. We had our foot angles bad on the perimeter. We’re out there chasing them too long. We got direct line drive. When we weren’t getting that, we’re letting the ball in the post too easily. Our post guys got to put in a basket. Besides that, we were okay," Wade explained.
“Our transition defense was awful. Our post defense was even worse. Our on-ball defense was not very good. And we got just cut up. They were cutting so much harder than us. We didn’t back door snap. We weren’t getting deflections. It was as poor as we could be. I’m embarrassed," he added.
Georgia (9-9, 1-5) has now lost four games in a row, all in conference play, including blowouts to Auburn (93-78) and Kentucky (69-49).
LSU will travel to Columbia, MO, on Saturday to face those Tigers from up north. Tipoff is scheduled for 5 p.m. at Mizzou Arena.