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The LSU men's basketball team got 19 second half points from junior forward Duop Reath and the Tigers made 7-of-8 at the free throw line in the final 54 seconds to score an 88-80 win over Texas Southern University at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center Saturday night.
The Tigers are now 7-2 on the season entering a quick turnaround for Monday night at 7 p.m. when 8-3 Charleston comes to town to play LSU at the Maravich Center. Texas Southern falls to 4-7 on the year with all 11 games on the road so far this season. They entered the LSU game with an RPI of 67 on the year, the fourth consecutive top 100 RPI team the Tigers have faced (3-1 record).
Reath finished with a season high 21 points on 9-of-14 shooting, one of five Tigers in double figures. Antonio Blakeney had 16 points, hitting three treys, while Craig Victor II had his third double double game with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Jalyn Patterson off the bench had 12 points and four assists, while Brandon Sampson had 10 points and four assists.
LSU ran its record to 4-0 on the year when shooting 50 percent in a game as the Tigers shot 51.6 percent (16-31) in the first half and 17-32 (53.1%) in the second half to finish at 33-of-63 (52.4%) for the game. LSU was 8-of-17 (47.1%) from the arc and a good 14-of-17 from the line. TSU shot 42.9 percent overall, but just 7-of-25 from the arc (28 percent) and 19-30 from the free throw line (63.3%).
LSU outscored TSU 40-32 in the paint, but TSU had more points off turnovers, 18-16, and second chance points (17-14).
Kieran Hayward equaled his most minutes of the season (17) scoring eight points and earning the praises of both Blakeney and Coach Johnny Jones in the post-game press conference as he finished with eight points on 3-of-4 shooting and two treys.