LSU improves to 17-7 (5-6 SEC) after defeating Texas A&M, 76-68, Tuesday night at the Reed Arena.
After missing the last game against Vanderbilt with a knee injury, point guard Xavier Pinson returned to the starting five alongside Brandon Murray, Mwani Wilkinson, Darius Days, and Efton Reid. When those five have started this season, LSU is a perfect 15-0.
The Tigers were scorching from beyond the arc in the first half, shooting 70 percent from 3 (7-10), compared to A&M’s 11 percent (1-9 from 3). Overall, the Tigers shot 54.2 percent from the field in the first half. LSU trailed 11-9 early, but ended the first half on a 25-5 run, taking a 36-16 lead into halftime.
The Aggies managed to cut the lead to eight with 11:42 to play, but Tari Eason went on an 11-2 run by himself over the next three minutes to push the lead back to 17. Texas A&M chipped it back down to eight once again, but it never got lower than that as the Tigers came out on top, 76-68.
Tari Eason led the Tigers in scoring with 25 points, 16 of those coming in the second half. Eason also grabbed 12 rebounds, securing his 6th double-double of the season. Freshman Brandon Murray continued his success with 14 points on 5-9 shooting. Xavier Pinson played 25 minutes and dropped in 11 points.
Tyrece Radford led the Aggies in scoring with 15 points, going 4-5 from downtown. Henry Coleman III secured a double-double, scoring 12 points and grabbing 12 rebounds.
Tonight marked the 100th career win at LSU for Head Coach Will Wade (100-46).