LSU Keeps NCAA Tournament Hopes Alive With Win Over Texas A&M
LSU remains in first place in the SEC after a much needed 76-71 home win today against #15 Texas A&M.
Ben Simmons stuffed the stat sheet, finishing with 16 points, 11 rebounds, 7 assists, 3 steals and a block.
Tim Quarterman didn't put up giant numbers (9 points, 5 rebounds), but he made big plays late, including a breakaway layup to give LSU a 6 point lead with less than 3 minutes to go.
Neither team led by double-digits the entire contest, as each team traded mini runs. LSU jumped out to a 10-3 lead before Texas A&M stormed back to earn a lead they wouldn't relinquish until the second half.
Turnovers and free throws were a giant factor. LSU's defense created 12 steals, outscoring the Aggies in points off turnovers 20-10.
After going 16-28 from the charity stripe in a loss to South Carolina on Wednesday, the Tigers made better work at the line today, converting 23 of their 29 free throw attempts.
At 16-9 (9-3 in SEC), LSU needs as many quality wins as possible before the regular season concludes. Despite Texas A&M fading as of late, a victory over a top 15 team offers a boost to the Tigers resume they couldn't afford to lose.
Next up for the Tigers, a home matchup on Wednesday with Alabama. The two squads played in Tuscaloosa on January 23rd, with LSU earning a competitive 72-70 win. Tip-off from the PMAC is set for 8:00.