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Waters, Smart lead No. 19 LSU over Georgia, 83-79

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) Ja'vonte Smart was a little too emotional after hitting a 3-pointer for LSU midway through the second half.

He yelled out to celebrate and was whistled for a technical foul, helping Georgia take a three-point lead. Smart gathered himself, though, and hit another 3 two possessions later, and the Tigers didn't trail again.

''I was just playing with the flow of the game, trying to bring energy on (defense),'' Smart said. ''Once we got stops, I wanted to put the ball in the hole and doing whatever I could to help us win.''

Tremont Waters scored 20 points, Smart added 19 and No. 19 LSU won its fourth straight game, holding on for an 83-79 victory Saturday night.

The Tigers (21-4, 11-1 Southeastern Conference) are off to their best start in league play since the 1981 Final Four team was 11-0. Georgia stayed close but the Tigers had enough quickness and size to wear down the Bulldogs.

''In the second half, we just didn't turn the ball over, and that's why we were able to pull it out,'' LSU coach Will Wade said. ''Georgia played tremendously, and we were very fortunate to pull it out.''

LSU was down six midway through the first half, but went on a 17-2 run to take a 31-22 lead on Skylar Mays' layup. Georgia remained in the game, thanks in part to a sixth straight sellout crowd at Stegeman Coliseum making it tough on the Tigers.

Nicolas Claxton finished with 17 points and Rayshaun Hammonds had 13 for Georgia (10-15, 1-11). The Bulldogs have lost six straight in their first season under coach Tom Crean.

Claxton liked his team's effort even though Georgia came up short.

''I would say it is progress, just playing our hardest for the whole 40 minutes,'' Claxton said. ''Not coming out in the second half and being in a drought.''

TIP-INS

LSU: The Tigers keep finding ways to win on the road. They sneaked out of Rupp Arena this week with an upset victory on Kavel Bigby-Williams' last-second tip-in against Kentucky, and they've won three times in overtime. It's a big turnaround after LSU lost its final seven SEC road games last season and dropped nine in a row away from Baton Rouge before starting league play this year. The Tigers are 7-0 on the road in the SEC for the first time since 1981.

''Coach really told us to take rebounding and defense with us,'' Smart said. ''You can't really take offense on the road because it's hard to get sometimes, but you can always take rebounding and defense. That's a big part of our success.''

Georgia: In 24 SEC halves played this season, the Bulldogs have been outscored 19 times. ... Crean went with a three-guard starting lineup, sitting forward Derek Ogbeide and guard Teshaun Hightower in favor of Turtle Jackson, Jordan Harris and walk-on redshirt senior Christian Harrison. ... The Bulldogs have struggled all season off the dribble and in giving help, so Crean mostly used a 2-3 zone in hopes to jump-starting the defense. It didn't help much as LSU, the SEC's best free-throw shooting team, still made it to the rim to draw fouls and score 18 points from the foul line.

UP NEXT

LSU: Hosts Florida on Wednesday.

Georgia: Hosts Mississippi State on Wednesday.

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
  Defensive rebound by Kavell Bigby-Williams 0.0
  Jordan Harris missed 3-pt. jump shot 2.0
  Offensive rebound by Georgia 2.0
  Jordan Harris missed 3-pt. jump shot, blocked by Kavell Bigby-Williams 4.0
+ 1 Skylar Mays made 2nd of 2 free throws 15.0
  Skylar Mays missed 1st of 2 free throws 15.0
  Personal foul on Rayshaun Hammonds 15.0
  Defensive rebound by Naz Reid 20.0
  Nicolas Claxton missed layup 22.0
  Defensive rebound by Christian Harrison 36.0
  Naz Reid missed jump shot 38.0
Team Stats
Points 83 79
Field Goals 30-54 (55.6%) 27-57 (47.4%)
3-Pointers 5-13 (38.5%) 7-16 (43.8%)
Free Throws 18-23 (78.3%) 18-25 (72.0%)
Total Rebounds 30 30
Offensive 9 11
Defensive 17 15
Team 4 4
Assists 11 10
Steals 6 5
Blocks 5 3
Turnovers 8 11
Fouls 19 19
Technicals 1 0
20 PTS, 1 REB, 5 AST
17 PTS, 6 REB, 4 AST
12T
away team logo 19 LSU 21-4 414283
home team logo Georgia 10-15 374279
Team Stats
away team logo 19 LSU 21-4 80.9 PPG 41.2 RPG 13.1 APG
home team logo Georgia 10-15 71.1 PPG 41.4 RPG 13.2 APG
Key Players
3
T. Waters G 15.0 PPG 2.8 RPG 5.9 APG 43.0 FG%
33
N. Claxton F 13.0 PPG 8.6 RPG 1.8 APG 46.0 FG%
Top Scorers
T. Waters G 20 PTS 1 REB 5 AST
N. Claxton F 17 PTS 6 REB 4 AST
55.6 FG% 47.4
38.5 3PT FG% 43.8
78.3 FT% 72.0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Waters 20 1 5 8/14 2/6 2/2 0 32 2 0 2 0 1
N. Reid 13 6 0 5/12 0/1 3/4 4 33 1 1 4 2 4
K. Bigby-Williams 9 8 2 4/6 0/0 1/3 3 25 2 3 1 3 5
M. Taylor 8 4 0 2/4 0/2 4/4 3 24 0 1 0 1 3
S. Mays 6 3 3 2/4 0/0 2/4 1 34 1 0 0 0 3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Waters 20 1 5 8/14 2/6 2/2 0 32 2 0 2 0 1
N. Reid 13 6 0 5/12 0/1 3/4 4 33 1 1 4 2 4
K. Bigby-Williams 9 8 2 4/6 0/0 1/3 3 25 2 3 1 3 5
M. Taylor 8 4 0 2/4 0/2 4/4 3 24 0 1 0 1 3
S. Mays 6 3 3 2/4 0/0 2/4 1 34 1 0 0 0 3
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Smart 19 1 0 6/10 3/4 4/4 3 30 0 0 1 0 1
E. Williams 6 2 0 2/2 0/0 2/2 1 13 0 0 0 2 0
D. Days 2 1 1 1/2 0/0 0/0 4 9 0 0 0 1 0
M. Graves - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Edwards - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Cooper - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Reese - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Hyatt - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 83 26 11 30/54 5/13 18/23 19 200 6 5 8 9 17
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
N. Claxton 17 6 4 7/16 0/3 3/5 4 34 0 1 0 2 4
R. Hammonds 13 2 0 4/6 1/2 4/7 4 25 0 0 2 0 2
J. Harris 12 7 3 3/6 1/3 5/6 2 23 0 0 2 4 3
W. Jackson II 9 4 0 3/6 3/4 0/0 0 34 2 0 2 1 3
C. Harrison 2 2 1 1/3 0/0 0/0 2 19 2 1 0 1 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
N. Claxton 17 6 4 7/16 0/3 3/5 4 34 0 1 0 2 4
R. Hammonds 13 2 0 4/6 1/2 4/7 4 25 0 0 2 0 2
J. Harris 12 7 3 3/6 1/3 5/6 2 23 0 0 2 4 3
W. Jackson II 9 4 0 3/6 3/4 0/0 0 34 2 0 2 1 3
C. Harrison 2 2 1 1/3 0/0 0/0 2 19 2 1 0 1 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. Ogbeide 12 5 0 5/6 0/0 2/2 2 22 0 1 1 3 2
T. Crump 9 0 1 2/7 1/3 4/5 0 17 0 0 3 0 0
E. Wilridge 3 0 0 1/2 1/1 0/0 2 9 0 0 0 0 0
A. Ngumezi 2 0 0 1/2 0/0 0/0 2 6 0 0 0 0 0
T. Hightower 0 0 1 0/2 0/0 0/0 1 8 0 0 0 0 0
T. Fagan 0 0 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 3 1 0 1 0 0
M. Edwards - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. O'Neill - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Sargiunas - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Toppin - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 79 26 10 27/57 7/16 18/25 19 200 5 3 11 11 15