BATON ROUGE – LSU’s basketball program took another step forward under first year Coach Will Wade with an 84-76 win over the University of Louisiana at Lafayette Wednesday night at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.
The Tigers, now 18-14, advance to a second round game against No. 2-seed Utah in Salt Lake City. The game will be played Monday, March 19, at 8 p.m. CT (7 p.m. local) on ESPNU.
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Louisiana-Lafayette finishes its Sun Belt regular season championship campaign at 27-7.
Duop Reath had a huge game for the Tigers with 26 points and 11 rebounds to go with four blocks and two steals in 31 minutes. The senior hit 10-of-14 field goals, including two treys and all four free throws. Brandon Sampson had 18 points, hitting 5-of-9 field goals, one trey from the expanded arc and 7-of-9 charity tosses. Skylar Mays came off the bench to hit 5-of-10 field goals, including a three for 11 points.
For the game, LSU shot 52.7 percent, the 12th time the Tigers have shot better than 50 percent this season and the 13th consecutive game dating back to last year that the Tigers have shot 50 percent and won. LSU was 4-of-18 from the three-point range and 22-of-30 at the line, including 12-of-17 at the stripe in the final quarter.