BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Darius Days had a career-high 17 points and 11 rebounds to help No. 23 LSU beat Nicholls State 75-65 on Saturday.
Emmitt Williams added 11 points and a season-best 12 boards for the Tigers (2-1).
Skylar Mays was the leading scorer for the Tigers (2-1) with 18 points. Trendon Watford scored 17 points — all but three in the first half — for LSU.
Dexter McClanahan was the top scorer for the Colonels (2-2) with 20 points. D’Angelo Hunter had 15 points for Nicholls State.
The Tigers took control of the game by scoring ten consecutive points in the second half to break a 48-48 tie. Days had two field goals in this stretch. The Colonels came no closer than five points the rest of the game.
Nicholls State took a 29-21 lead in the first half after scoring nine consecutive points. McClanahan made two baskets, including a 3-pointer, during that stretch.
However, LSU answered in the final minutes before halftime with its own 9-0 run. Mays scored five of those nine points as the Tigers went ahead of the Colonels 37-36.
A 3-pointer by McClanahan with 36 seconds remaining in the first half put Nicholls State ahead 39-37. Watford made one foul shot with ten seconds before halftime to leave LSU behind by one point.
LSU: The Tigers bounced back from their loss at VCU on Wednesday with their 19th consecutive victory against in-state opponents. LSU has also won 11 straight games at home against non-conference opponents.
Nicholls State: The Colonels came up short as they tried to knock off their second Power Five Conference opponent this season. Nicholls State won at Pittsburgh one week ago. The Colonels dropped an overtime decision at Illinois to begin their season Nov. 5.
LSU will play host to Maryland-Baltimore County on Tuesday night.