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LSU rallies in regulation to take down Texas A&M in OT 89-85

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) LSU arrived to Texas A&M earlier than usual for a road conference game, thanks to the Tigers football team.

''We got here early (Monday) since they had canceled class, which is good,'' LSU coach Will Wade said.

It turns out the Tigers needed the extra rest. Trendon Watford and Skylar Mays each scored 19 points and LSU defeated Texas A&M 89-85 in overtime on Tuesday night.

''We found a way,'' Wade said.

The victory came on the heels of the football team's triumph over Clemson in the national championship game on Monday night in New Orleans, which the LSU basketball team watched intently from College Station.

Javonte Smart started Tuesday's overtime with a 3-pointer on LSU's first possession, and Watford made a short jumper in the lane to lift the Tigers to an 86-83 lead with 1:25 remaining. The Aggies' Wendell Mitchell missed a 3-point attempt with 17 seconds remaining and two Mays free throws sealed the Tigers victory.

''LSU is the most talented team we've played, the most physical team we've played and the fastest team we've played,'' first-year A&M coach Buzz Williams said.

Andre Gordon sank a 3-pointer with 2:27 remaining in regulation to shove the Aggies to a 77-71 lead, but LSU's Marshall Graves and Smart each sank 3-pointers in a 28-second span to tie the game at 79-all to force overtime.

The Aggies (8-7, 2-2 Southeastern) entered the game having held league opponents to 50 points or less in consecutive games for the first time since 2007. LSU (12-4, 4-0 Southeastern) had reached 50 points less than halfway through the second half - and it wound up being key to the outcome.

LSU has won five consecutive games in the series, including Williams' debut against the rival Tigers as A&M coach. Josh Nebo led the Aggies with 20 points and nine rebounds.

The Tigers jumped to a 16-point lead in the first half thanks to hot shooting from Watford and Smart, who scored a dozen points each in the first 20 minutes. LSU also outrebounded A&M 23-13 in that span.

''There are no moral victories, we've got to come out in the first half better,'' Nebo said. ''There's a lot of room for improvement, and closing out a game.''

But the Aggies, typically poor shooters from the outside, hung around in the first half in large part because of two 3-pointers each from Savion Flagg, Mitchell and Gordon, and the Tigers led 42-32 at the break.

STAT OF THE NIGHT

Mays had as many turnovers (seven) as the entire A&M team. The Tigers, who entered the game averaging 13.4 turnovers per game, finished with 19.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

The Tigers already are receiving votes in the Top 25, and if they keep pulling off road victories like Tuesday's they're sure to soon shove their way in.

HE SAID IT

''Have you been to Louisiana? It will be, oh, shoot, all month? Until Mardi Gras. We party to the next party.''

Will Wade when asked if the partying was continuing in LSU's home state following the football game.

BIG PICTURE

LSU: The Tigers lost consecutive games to East Tennessee State and Southern Cal just before Christmas, but they've been on a roll since. And their Tuesday victory, in wiping out a late deficit, will only help their confidence surging forward.

Texas A&M: After the Aggies lost consecutive games to Harvard, Temple and Fairfield in the Orlando (Fla.) Invitational in late November and early December, it appeared they might not win a league game. Williams has his team believing in his strict system, however, and why the Aggies are even in games like the one on Tuesday.

UP NEXT

The Tigers play at Mississippi on Saturday.

The Aggies host South Carolina on Saturday.

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1st Half

Time Team Play Score
20:00   Jumpball received by LSU  
19:42   Skylar Mays missed 3-pt. jump shot  
19:40   Offensive rebound by Emmitt Williams  
19:40   Emmitt Williams missed dunk  
19:38   Offensive rebound by Trendon Watford  
19:31 +3 Trendon Watford made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Skylar Mays 3-0
19:09   Savion Flagg missed 3-pt. jump shot  
19:07   Defensive rebound by Skylar Mays  
19:00 +3 Javonte Smart made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Trendon Watford 6-0
18:30   Shooting foul on Darius Days  
18:30   Josh Nebo missed 1st of 2 free throws  
18:30   Josh Nebo missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
18:30   Defensive rebound by Emmitt Williams  
18:09 +2 Javonte Smart made jump shot 8-0
17:46 +3 Andre Gordon made 3-pt. jump shot 8-3
17:28   Javonte Smart missed 3-pt. jump shot  
17:26   Defensive rebound by Emanuel Miller  
17:11 +2 Andre Gordon made jump shot 8-5
16:53 +2 Emmitt Williams made layup, assist by Skylar Mays 10-5
16:40   Turnover on Texas A&M  
19:30 +3 Darius Days made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Emmitt Williams 13-5
16:06   Andre Gordon missed 3-pt. jump shot  
16:04   Defensive rebound by Javonte Smart  
15:56   Traveling violation turnover on Skylar Mays  
15:34   Emanuel Miller missed 3-pt. jump shot  
15:32   Defensive rebound by Emmitt Williams  
15:22 +2 Trendon Watford made jump shot, assist by Emmitt Williams 15-5
15:02   Wendell Mitchell missed 3-pt. jump shot  
15:00   Offensive rebound by Wendell Mitchell  
14:44 +2 Wendell Mitchell made layup 15-7
14:19   Skylar Mays missed 3-pt. jump shot  
14:17   Offensive rebound by LSU  
14:08 +3 Trendon Watford made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Javonte Smart 18-7
13:38   Jay Jay Chandler missed 3-pt. jump shot, blocked by Aundre Hyatt  
13:36   Offensive rebound by Texas A&M  
13:35   Wendell Mitchell missed 3-pt. jump shot, blocked by Charles Manning Jr.  
13:34   Offensive rebound by Texas A&M  
13:33   Josh Nebo missed turnaround jump shot  
13:33   Defensive rebound by Aundre Hyatt  
13:22   Emmitt Williams missed layup, blocked by Josh Nebo  
13:20   Offensive rebound by Emmitt Williams  
13:20 +2 Emmitt Williams made dunk 20-7
12:57   Jay Jay Chandler missed fade-away jump shot  
12:55   Defensive rebound by Trendon Watford  
12:45   Charles Manning Jr. missed 3-pt. jump shot  
12:45   Offensive rebound by Emmitt Williams  
12:45   Personal foul on Jonathan Aku  
12:34   Offensive foul on Darius Days  
12:34   Turnover on Darius Days  
12:22   Quenton Jackson missed driving layup  
12:20   Defensive rebound by Trendon Watford  
12:14   Shooting foul on Jonathan Aku  
12:14   Charles Manning Jr. missed 1st of 2 free throws  
12:14 +1 Charles Manning Jr. made 2nd of 2 free throws 21-7
12:05   Quenton Jackson missed driving layup  
12:03   Offensive rebound by Yavuz Gultekin  
12:03   Yavuz Gultekin missed tip-in  
12:02   Defensive rebound by Skylar Mays  
11:45   Out of bounds turnover on Charles Manning Jr.  
11:30   Savion Flagg missed turnaround jump shot  
11:28   Defensive rebound by Aundre Hyatt  
11:11   Shooting foul on Quenton Jackson  
11:11 +1 Trendon Watford made 1st of 2 free throws 22-7
11:11 +1 Trendon Watford made 2nd of 2 free throws 23-7
11:05   Personal foul on Trendon Watford  
10:46   Quenton Jackson missed jump shot  
10:44   Defensive rebound by Charles Manning Jr.  
10:33   Offensive foul on Emmitt Williams  
10:33   Turnover on Emmitt Williams  
10:26   Traveling violation turnover on Savion Flagg  
10:20   Trendon Watford missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:18   Defensive rebound by Josh Nebo  
10:06   Quenton Jackson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:04   Defensive rebound by Trendon Watford  
10:00   Traveling violation turnover on Charles Manning Jr.  
9:48   Andre Gordon missed layup  
9:46   Offensive rebound by Josh Nebo  
9:42 +3 Wendell Mitchell made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Josh Nebo 23-10
9:25   Aundre Hyatt missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:23   Defensive rebound by Jay Jay Chandler  
9:06 +3 Wendell Mitchell made 3-pt. jump shot 23-13
8:34 +2 Emmitt Williams made dunk, assist by Skylar Mays 25-13
8:05 +2 Josh Nebo made layup, assist by Wendell Mitchell 25-15
7:53   Bad pass turnover on Trendon Watford  
7:40   Andre Gordon missed jump shot  
7:38   Defensive rebound by Aundre Hyatt  
7:22   Emmitt Williams missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:20   Defensive rebound by Savion Flagg  
7:03 +3 Savion Flagg made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Josh Nebo 25-18
6:32 +3 Skylar Mays made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Trendon Watford 28-18
6:14   Shooting foul on Javonte Smart  
6:14 +1 Josh Nebo made 1st of 2 free throws 28-19
6:14   Josh Nebo missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
6:14   Defensive rebound by Darius Days  
5:57   Personal foul on Wendell Mitchell  
5:44 +3 Javonte Smart made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Skylar Mays 31-19
5:13 +3 Andre Gordon made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Wendell Mitchell 31-22
4:52 +2 Darius Days made hook shot, assist by Charles Manning Jr. 33-22
4:34 +3 Savion Flagg made 3-pt. jump shot 33-25
4:14 +2 Trendon Watford made turnaround jump shot, assist by Emmitt Williams 35-25
4:02   Emanuel Miller missed layup  
4:00   Defensive rebound by Skylar Mays  
3:56   Skylar Mays missed layup  
3:54   Offensive rebound by Javonte Smart  
3:51 +2 Javonte Smart made dunk 37-25
3:37   Savion Flagg missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:35   Offensive rebound by Josh Nebo  
3:35   Personal foul on Emmitt Williams  
3:24 +3 Mark French made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Wendell Mitchell 37-28
3:03   Javonte Smart missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:01   Defensive rebound by Josh Nebo  
3:01   Personal foul on Courtese Cooper  
3:01 +1 Josh Nebo made 1st of 2 free throws 37-29
3:01   Josh Nebo missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
3:01   Defensive rebound by Trendon Watford  
2:37 +3 Aundre Hyatt made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Trendon Watford 40-29
2:12   Wendell Mitchell missed jump shot  
2:10   Defensive rebound by Courtese Cooper  
1:50 +2 Javonte Smart made floating jump shot, assist by Skylar Mays 42-29
1:22   Bad pass turnover on Mark French  
1:11   Skylar Mays missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:09   Defensive rebound by Josh Nebo  
43.0   Personal foul on Courtese Cooper  
43.0 +1 Josh Nebo made 1st of 2 free throws 42-30
43.0   Josh Nebo missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
43.0   Defensive rebound by Aundre Hyatt  
31.0   Bad pass turnover on Skylar Mays, stolen by Savion Flagg  
26.0 +2 Andre Gordon made driving layup 42-32
2.0   Trendon Watford missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0.0   Defensive rebound by Wendell Mitchell  
0.0   End of period  

2nd Half

Time Team Play Score
19:44 +2 Josh Nebo made layup, assist by Savion Flagg 42-34
19:31   Shooting foul on Josh Nebo  
19:31 +1 Emmitt Williams made 1st of 2 free throws 43-34
19:31 +1 Emmitt Williams made 2nd of 2 free throws 44-34
19:10 +2 Josh Nebo made layup 44-36
18:55   Bad pass turnover on Trendon Watford  
18:49   Kicked ball violation on LSU  
18:33   Emanuel Miller missed layup  
18:31   Offensive rebound by Josh Nebo  
18:31 +2 Josh Nebo made dunk 44-38
18:18   Lost ball turnover on Trendon Watford, stolen by Wendell Mitchell  
18:15   Emanuel Miller missed layup  
18:13   Offensive rebound by Savion Flagg  
17:52 +2 Andre Gordon made floating jump shot 44-40
17:35   Darius Days missed 3-pt. jump shot  
17:33   Defensive rebound by Wendell Mitchell  
17:17   Wendell Mitchell missed 3-pt. jump shot  
17:15   Defensive rebound by LSU  
17:15   Personal foul on Emanuel Miller  
16:49   Javonte Smart missed 3-pt. jump shot  
16:47   Defensive rebound by Savion Flagg  
16:35 +3 Wendell Mitchell made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Savion Flagg 44-43
16:21   Skylar Mays missed driving layup  
16:19   Offensive rebound by Skylar Mays  
16:18   Personal foul on Savion Flagg  
16:12   Darius Days missed 3-pt. jump shot  
16:10   Defensive rebound by Wendell Mitchell  
15:44   Wendell Mitchell missed 3-pt. jump shot  
15:42   Offensive rebound by Josh Nebo  
15:38   Andre Gordon missed 3-pt. jump shot  
15:36   Defensive rebound by LSU  
15:28   Darius Days missed 3-pt. jump shot  
15:26   Defensive rebound by Texas A&M  
14:59   Jay Jay Chandler missed layup  
14:57   Defensive rebound by Darius Days  
14:45   Trendon Watford missed layup, blocked by Josh Nebo  
14:43   Offensive rebound by Darius Days  
14:42 +2 Darius Days made dunk 46-43
14:23   Savion Flagg missed 3-pt. jump shot  
14:21   Offensive rebound by Josh Nebo  
14:20   Shooting foul on Darius Days  
14:20 +1 Josh Nebo made 1st of 2 free throws 46-44
14:20   Josh Nebo missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
14:20   Defensive rebound by Darius Days  
14:12   Kicked ball violation on Texas A&M  
13:59   Javonte Smart missed 3-pt. jump shot  
13:57   Offensive rebound by Darius Days  
13:56   Shooting foul on Savion Flagg  
13:56 +1 Darius Days made 1st of 2 free throws 47-44
13:56 +1 Darius Days made 2nd of 2 free throws 48-44
13:39   Andre Gordon missed layup, blocked by Emmitt Williams  
13:37   Offensive rebound by Texas A&M  
13:31   Personal foul on Aundre Hyatt  
13:27   Personal foul on Emmitt Williams  
13:20   Bad pass turnover on Wendell Mitchell  
13:14   Aundre Hyatt missed 3-pt. jump shot  
13:12   Offensive rebound by Trendon Watford  
13:12   Shooting foul on Wendell Mitchell  
13:12   Trendon Watford missed 1st of 2 free throws  
13:12 +1 Trendon Watford made 2nd of 2 free throws 49-44
12:54   Jay Jay Chandler missed 3-pt. jump shot  
12:52   Offensive rebound by Josh Nebo  
12:52 +2 Josh Nebo made hook shot 49-46
12:34   Out of bounds turnover on Skylar Mays  
12:19   Quenton Jackson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
12:17   Defensive rebound by Aundre Hyatt  
12:05 +2 Darius Days made layup, assist by Skylar Mays 51-46
11:41 +3 Jay Jay Chandler made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Andre Gordon 51-49
11:22   Javonte Smart missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:20   Defensive rebound by Quenton Jackson  
11:14   Quenton Jackson missed driving layup  
11:13   Offensive rebound by Texas A&M  
11:04   Jay Jay Chandler missed fade-away jump shot  
11:02   Defensive rebound by Javonte Smart  
10:58   Bad pass turnover on Javonte Smart, stolen by Andre Gordon  
10:53   Jay Jay Chandler missed layup  
10:51   Offensive rebound by Quenton Jackson  
10:49 +3 Savion Flagg made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Quenton Jackson 51-52
10:33   Bad pass turnover on Darius Days, stolen by Quenton Jackson  
10:30   Shooting foul on Javonte Smart  
10:30   Quenton Jackson missed 1st of 2 free throws  
10:30 +1 Quenton Jackson made 2nd of 2 free throws 51-53
10:09 +3 Skylar Mays made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Darius Days 54-53
9:39 +3 Quenton Jackson made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Andre Gordon 54-56
9:27 +3 Skylar Mays made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Trendon Watford 57-56
9:05 +2 Savion Flagg made hook shot 57-58
8:45 +3