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Waters, Mays lead LSU over Memphis 71-61

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) After playing even with Memphis in the first half, LSU pulled away by relying on good shooting and a successful percentage from 3-point range.

LSU (9-3) shot better than 60 percent through a good portion of the second half, made 50 percent of its 3-pointers for the game, and defeated Memphis 71-61 on Thursday night.

Tremont Waters had 18 points and eight assists and Skylar Mays added 14 points as LSU used the torrid second-half shooting display to build a double-digit lead. Mays fueled the rally with a trio of 3-pointers that contributed to 12 straight LSU points, breaking open a game that was tied 36-all at intermission.

''I thought Mays got us going to start the second half,'' first-year LSU coach Will Wade said. ''We run some pretty intricate stuff with handoffs and stuff, but at halftime, we just said: `let's scrap that.' All we do is try to get the ball back to Tremont anyway, so he can go make a play.''

As good as LSU was from outside the arc, Memphis struggled, particularly in the second half, missing 12 of 13 shots from 3-point range.

''We got some good looks,'' Memphis coach Tubby Smith said, later adding: ''You've got to make those open shots.''

The win was LSU's third straight and sixth in the last seven. Brandon Sampson added 12 points for the Tigers.

Memphis (9-4) lost for the first time at home this season. The Tigers were led by the 17 points and 11 rebounds of Kyvon Davenport. Jeremiah Martin scored 13 points to go with six assists, while Jimario Rivers, who missed the last two games with a concussion, added 10 points.

LSU used a 12-0 run early in the second half to take a 52-43 lead with 12:39 left. The rally was fueled by four 3-pointers, three by Mays.

The LSU lead eventually reached 11, while shooting better than 60 percent through the first 16 minutes of the second half. Memphis struggled after LSU used a zone defense to thwart a lot of good looks for Memphis. The result was Memphis shooting only 29 percent after halftime and 37 percent for the game.

''We played zone most of the time on makes and sometimes on misses when we could get back, and then we went man on timeouts to change it up,'' Wade said.

BIG PICTURE

LSU: The big run early in the second half, when LSU used 3-point shooting to build its lead to double digits, was the difference. Memphis would never recover. LSU won its first road game of the season to close out its non- conference schedule.

MEMPHIS: A shooting slump late in the first half allowed LSU to get back in the game, and Memphis seemed to have little answer in stopping the visitors during the 12-0 run that built LSU's second-half advantage. Memphis never recovered from the rally and only cut the deficit to six after that.

NO ANSWER FOR THE ZONE

Memphis struggled against the LSU zone, primarily because they misfired from outside the arc. Memphis guards Jamal Johnson and Jeremiah Martin made only one of their nine attempts from 3-point range. Asked why the zone was so tough, Smith replied: ''You've got to have better shooters, number one.'' Asked about number two, he said: ''No number two. You've got to have better shooters.''

OPENING CONFERENCE PLAY

LSU opens Southeastern Conference play against Kentucky on Wednesday. And even though it is a home game for the Tigers, it is facing one of the league's top teams. Wade said the focus now is ''the juggernaut that is Kentucky. It's what we signed up for. If you don't like this, go play intramurals. We play in the SEC, and it's time to rock and roll.''

UP NEXT

LSU: hosts Kentucky to open Southeastern Conference play on Wednesday.

Memphis: Plays a New Year's Eve game in Cincinnati against the Bearcats.

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Key Players
T. Waters
J. Martin
35.7 Min. Per Game 35.7
18.1 Pts. Per Game 18.1
4.0 Ast. Per Game 4.0
4.9 Reb. Per Game 4.9
48.7 Field Goal % 43.3
44.1 Three Point % 33.9
78.4 Free Throw % 81.9
  Defensive rebound by Daryl Edwards 18.0
  Raynere Thornton missed 3-pt. jump shot 20.0
  Shot clock violation turnover on LSU 28.0
  Defensive rebound by Memphis 28.0
  Brandon Sampson missed 3-pt. jump shot 30.0
  Bad pass turnover on Jeremiah Martin, stolen by Brandon Sampson 1:00
+ 1 Brandon Sampson made 2nd of 2 free throws 1:11
  Brandon Sampson missed 1st of 2 free throws 1:11
  Shooting foul on Raynere Thornton 1:11
+ 1 Jeremiah Martin made 2nd of 2 free throws 1:35
  Jeremiah Martin missed 1st of 2 free throws 1:35
Team Stats
Points 71 61
Field Goals 25-54 (46.3%) 22-59 (37.3%)
3-Pointers 13-26 (50.0%) 4-22 (18.2%)
Free Throws 8-16 (50.0%) 13-20 (65.0%)
Total Rebounds 33 37
Offensive 10 14
Defensive 18 21
Team 5 2
Assists 16 14
Steals 8 7
Blocks 6 4
Turnovers 13 15
Fouls 22 14
Technicals 0 0
18 PTS, 1 REB, 8 AST
17 PTS, 11 REB, 2 AST
12T
away team logo LSU 9-3 363571
home team logo Memphis 9-4 362561
Team Stats
away team logo LSU 9-3 80.4 PPG 41.2 RPG 12.9 APG
home team logo Memphis 9-4 80.1 PPG 40.9 RPG 15.4 APG
Key Players
00
T. Waters G PPG RPG APG FG%
0
K. Davenport F 13.1 PPG 6.9 RPG 1.0 APG 50.1 FG%
Top Scorers
T. Waters G 18 PTS 1 REB 8 AST
K. Davenport F 17 PTS 11 REB 2 AST
46.3 FG% 37.3
50.0 3PT FG% 18.2
50.0 FT% 65.0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Waters 18 1 8 6/12 3/6 3/5 3 38 4 0 4 0 1
S. Mays 14 5 4 4/9 4/7 2/2 4 30 1 0 3 0 5
A. Epps 8 6 0 3/3 2/2 0/0 5 20 0 3 2 1 5
D. Edwards 5 1 2 2/3 1/2 0/0 1 21 0 0 2 0 1
D. Reath 4 6 1 2/9 0/0 0/2 5 25 1 1 1 4 2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Waters 18 1 8 6/12 3/6 3/5 3 38 4 0 4 0 1
S. Mays 14 5 4 4/9 4/7 2/2 4 30 1 0 3 0 5
A. Epps 8 6 0 3/3 2/2 0/0 5 20 0 3 2 1 5
D. Edwards 5 1 2 2/3 1/2 0/0 1 21 0 0 2 0 1
D. Reath 4 6 1 2/9 0/0 0/2 5 25 1 1 1 4 2
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
B. Sampson 12 1 0 4/7 3/6 1/3 2 25 1 0 1 0 1
W. Sims 8 7 1 4/7 0/2 0/0 2 27 1 1 0 4 3
R. Onwuasor 1 1 0 0/2 0/1 1/2 0 6 0 0 0 1 0
B. Rachal 1 0 0 0/2 0/0 1/2 0 8 0 1 0 0 0
J. Combs - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Graves - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Vial - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Alexander - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Kiir - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 71 28 16 25/54 13/26 8/16 22 200 8 6 13 10 18
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
K. Davenport 17 11 2 6/14 3/8 2/3 1 35 0 0 3 4 7
J. Martin 13 4 6 4/14 0/4 5/7 1 38 3 1 2 0 4
M. Parks Jr. 8 4 0 4/6 0/0 0/1 0 22 0 0 0 3 1
Ja. Johnson 3 2 1 1/5 1/5 0/0 3 20 1 0 2 1 1
R. Thornton 2 5 1 1/6 0/2 0/0 4 32 1 0 1 2 3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
K. Davenport 17 11 2 6/14 3/8 2/3 1 35 0 0 3 4 7
J. Martin 13 4 6 4/14 0/4 5/7 1 38 3 1 2 0 4
M. Parks Jr. 8 4 0 4/6 0/0 0/1 0 22 0 0 0 3 1
Ja. Johnson 3 2 1 1/5 1/5 0/0 3 20 1 0 2 1 1
R. Thornton 2 5 1 1/6 0/2 0/0 4 32 1 0 1 2 3
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Rivers 10 5 1 3/8 0/0 4/6 0 25 1 3 2 3 2
K. Brewton Jr. 8 4 3 3/6 0/3 2/3 2 22 1 0 3 1 3
V. Enoh 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 2 4 0 0 1 0 0
M. Rhodes 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 2 0 0 1 0 0
Je. Johnson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Moffatt - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Sameh Azab - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Williams - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Nickelberry - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Olds - - - - - - - - - - - - -
N. Stewart - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 61 35 14 22/59 4/22 13/20 14 200 7 4 15 14 21