LSU men's basketball falls at the buzzer against SFA, 83-82

LSU men's basketball falls at the buzzer against SFA, 83-82

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The LSU men's basketball team (6-3) fell in a heartbreaker to Stephen F. Austin, 83-82, Saturday afternoon in the PMAC. With 31 seconds left in the game, the Lumberjacks' Ivan Canete sunk a three-point shot, but the Tigers regained the lead on a Tremont Waters shot from behind the arc. With four seconds left in the game, Canete dropped a layup to retake the lead, and senior Aaron Epps was unable to connect on a layup, which ended the game.

The Tigers return to action Tuesday, Dec. 19, in the PMAC at 7 p.m. CT against Sam Houston State.

Waters was the Tigers leading scorer as he had 19 points. He was one of four Tigers in double digits as Skylar Mays had 17, Epps had 16 and Daryl Edwards had 10.

Epps recorded his second-straight double-double as he also had 10 rebounds. It was the senior's fifth career double-double.

The Tigers were coming in off the exciting 80-77 win over Houston on Wednesday night as senior forward Aaron Epps posted 26 points and 16 rebounds, the fourth career double-double for Epps and career high in both categories. Skylar Mays had 18 points and Tremont Waters 17 pts, six assists and a key block of a potential tying three-pointer with six seconds to play.

The Tigers have posted a 55.2 percent shooting percentage in the five home games so far this year and that is the third-best percentage by an LSU team since the 1974-75 season. For the season, LSU is shooting 52.6 percent, best in the SEC. Last year, LSU shot 45.1 from the field. At the line, LSU is 78.2 percent (129-165) and that is also first in the league and much better than last year's final total of 69.6 percent.

Expect Coach Will Wade to keep the same lineup of the present three-game winning streak with Mays, Waters and grad student Randy Onwuasor at guards with Epps and Epps and sophomore Wayde Sims at forward. Waters is averaging 18.1 points, 6.5 assists, while Mays is at 12.9 points, 4.1 rebounds.

The Lumberjacks have been to the NCAA Tournament four of the last five years and SFA leads the nation in steals per game at 13.2 a game … Since 2011-12, they have the second most true road wins in the nation with 56.

SFA won its last game on Dec. 9 over Rice, 81-62 as sophomore Kevon Harris scored 31 points. He also made eight three-pointers as part of the outburst. Junior Shannon Bogues in his first SFA start, added 18 points.