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Late surge fuels LSU past Missouri

Field Level Media
07 Mar 2021, 08:40 GMT+10

Cameron Thomas scored 29 points and Trendon Watford added 19 as LSU defeated Missouri 86-80 in the Southeastern Conference regular-season finale for both teams Saturday in Columbia, Mo.

Javonte Smart scored 13 and Darius Days had 12 before fouling out for LSU (16-8 overall, 11-6 SEC), which scored the final six points of the game.

Dru Smith scored 17, Xavier Pinson added 14 and Kobe Brown had 11 points and 10 rebounds to lead Missouri (15-8, 8-8).

The score was tied at halftime and three times early in the second half before Pinson's 3-pointer gave Missouri a 51-48 lead.

LSU got within one point four times before Missouri extended its advantage to 63-57 on a layup by Mitchell Smith midway through the half.

Thomas gave LSU a 69-68 lead with a jumper from the circle before Dru Smith ended Missouri's five-minute field-goal drought by making a 3-pointer for a 73-72 advantage.

Watford's jumper and Thomas' 3-pointer gave LSU a 77-73 lead with 3:25 left.

Missouri got within two, but Thomas answered with two free throws.

A flagrant foul helped Missouri tie with a four-point possession, but Watford hit a jumper and Smart and Thomas each made two free throws to complete the scoring.

Days made a 3-pointer and Thomas made two jumpers in a 7-0 run that gave LSU a 15-12 lead.

Dru Smith's layup ended the run but Smart's 3-pointer started another 9-0 surge that produced a 24-14 lead for LSU.

Brown's layup ended a nearly five-minute field-goal drought for Missouri and pulled it within 24-18.

Watford's layup and Days' 3-pointer gave LSU its biggest lead of the half at 29-18.

Torrence Watson made a jumper and a 3-pointer and Drew Buggs hit a 3-pointer and converted a four-point play as Missouri crept within 35-31.

Another 3-pointer by Watson got Missouri within 37-36 and it closed within one point again before Mitchell Smith's 3-pointer completed a 20-9 run that got Missouri even at 40 at halftime.

--Field Level Media

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