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Mays scores 19, No. 22 LSU tops Memphis 85-76

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) Skylar Mays' soaring, one-handed, frenzy-inciting jam on a determined drive down the lane made it clear he won't always be overshadowed by the highly regarded recruits that have made LSU basketball relevant again.

Mays scored 19 points, transfer Kavell Bigby-Williams added a career-high 14, and No. 22 LSU held off a relentless effort by first-year coach Penny Hardaway's Memphis squad, 85-76 on Tuesday night.

''It felt good, mainly because it could get the other guys going. I felt like it was a spark,'' Mays said of his first-half dunk. ''I told the guys, that's about it for the year. That's all I've got in me. I'm getting old, man - third year in.''

Each of LSU's three freshmen starters - Naz Reid, Ja'Vonte Smart and Emmitt Williams - scored 11 points. Williams also grabbed 10 rebounds for the Tigers (3-0), who trailed briefly with about 13 minutes to go before surging ahead for good with a pivotal 12-1 run that included back-to-back 3s by Mays and Reid. Smart set up Reid's 3 with a behind-the-back bounce pass from the right wing.

''It just showed we have a lot of guys that can come about and make plays any given night, so that makes us a really dangerous team,'' said Mays, who was a freshman on LSU's 2016-17 squad that went 10-21 overall and 2-16 in Southeastern Conference play. ''I was here when we were pretty low, so you know I'm just happy to be part of a team that I feel is special, that is going to win a lot of games. And I feel like we've got a lot of guys that obviously can play at the next level.''

Memphis freshman Tyler Harris, who missed all six of his shots and didn't score in his debut, was 6 of 13 on 3s and finished with 20 points in his second collegiate game.

Jeremiah Martin scored 15 points and Kyvon Davenport had 10 for Memphis (1-1), which remained within single digits for most of the game.

''We took the punch and hit back and got back into the game,'' Hardaway said. ''We couldn't finish it but I'm proud of my guys.''

Mays scored from all over the court, mixing his crowd-pleasing dunk with his usual array of perimeter shots. He hit three times from 3-point range.

LSU had trouble distancing itself from Memphis most of the night but appeared in control for most of the final 10 minutes, when its highlights included a roundhouse dunk from Williams and Reid's double-pump, back-to-the-basket, no-look scoop off the glass that made it 74-64 with 4:35 to go.

BIG PICTURE

Memphis: The way Memphis played on the road against a ranked team provided an early indication that Hardaway's first season at the helm could turn out better that the fourth-place finish predicted in the AAC preseason coaches' poll. When Harris found his shot from the perimeter, it opened up opportunities inside for Davenport and Martin.

''We can be very special when we buy into our roles. What we showed tonight was a lot of fight on the road with a young team,'' Hardaway said. ''We can do a lot of great things this season.''

LSU: The Tigers' dramatic upgrade in talent was evident in the fact they led 48-39 at halftime despite Tremont Waters, their best player from last season, not scoring at all to that point. Mays also asserted himself more, scoring more points in the first half than in either of his previous two full games. Waters finished with eight points and eight assists. LSU's top freshman reserve, Darius Days, had nine points and six rebounds.

HUSTLE POINTS

Bigby-Williams, a 6-foot-11 transfer from Oregon, never scored more than 11 in a game for the Ducks. He's expected to be relied upon primarily for defense this season, but made all seven of his shots against Memphis, including an emphatic dunk that gave LSU a 10-point lead with seven minutes remaining.

''It's important for him to understand that even though he does such a great job on defense, that he's capable of scoring,'' Mays said. ''I feel like he's only going to skyrocket from this game.''

Wade said Bigby-Williams' perfect shooting night was indicative of his gritty, unselfish approach because he limits his shot-selection to high-percentage opportunities around the basket.

''The hardest move he made was his left-hand jump-hook and his left-hand jump hook's money,'' Wade said. ''Everything else was right there at the rim. ... When he focuses on the right things, the offense kind of takes care of itself.''

UP NEXT

Memphis hosts Yale on Saturday night.

LSU hosts Louisiana Tech on Friday night.

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
+ 1 Isaiah Maurice made 2nd of 2 free throws 9.0
  Isaiah Maurice missed 1st of 2 free throws 9.0
  Shooting foul on Emmitt Williams 9.0
+ 1 Ja'vonte Smart made 2nd of 2 free throws 24.0
  Ja'vonte Smart missed 1st of 2 free throws 24.0
  Personal foul on Alex Lomax 24.0
+ 2 Jeremiah Martin made floating jump shot 24.0
+ 1 Skylar Mays made 2nd of 2 free throws 31.0
+ 1 Skylar Mays made 1st of 2 free throws 31.0
  Personal foul on Jeremiah Martin 31.0
  Defensive rebound by Skylar Mays 33.0
Team Stats
Points 76 85
Field Goals 26-64 (40.6%) 34-63 (54.0%)
3-Pointers 10-30 (33.3%) 5-18 (27.8%)
Free Throws 14-20 (70.0%) 12-16 (75.0%)
Total Rebounds 32 37
Offensive 10 13
Defensive 17 22
Team 5 2
Assists 12 15
Steals 5 10
Blocks 3 6
Turnovers 14 14
Fouls 17 19
Technicals 0 0
20 PTS, 2 REB
19 PTS, 2 REB, 1 AST
12T
away team logo Memphis 1-1 393776
home team logo 22 LSU 3-0 483785
Team Stats
away team logo Memphis 1-1 80.1 PPG 40.9 RPG 15.4 APG
home team logo 22 LSU 3-0 80.9 PPG 41.2 RPG 13.1 APG
Key Players
1
T. Harris G 10.8 PPG 1.8 RPG 1.9 APG 36.9 FG%
4
S. Mays G 13.6 PPG 3.3 RPG 2.1 APG 42.2 FG%
Top Scorers
T. Harris G 20 PTS 2 REB 0 AST
S. Mays G 19 PTS 2 REB 1 AST
40.6 FG% 54.0
33.3 3PT FG% 27.8
70.0 FT% 75.0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Harris 20 2 0 7/16 6/13 0/0 1 30 0 0 1 0 2
J. Martin 15 4 3 5/13 1/7 4/4 4 32 1 0 4 2 2
K. Davenport 10 4 0 4/11 1/5 1/2 3 30 0 0 5 1 3
I. Maurice 4 5 1 1/3 0/0 2/4 2 18 0 3 0 1 4
A. Lomax 4 3 4 1/9 0/2 2/2 3 23 1 0 1 2 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Harris 20 2 0 7/16 6/13 0/0 1 30 0 0 1 0 2
J. Martin 15 4 3 5/13 1/7 4/4 4 32 1 0 4 2 2
K. Davenport 10 4 0 4/11 1/5 1/2 3 30 0 0 5 1 3
I. Maurice 4 5 1 1/3 0/0 2/4 2 18 0 3 0 1 4
A. Lomax 4 3 4 1/9 0/2 2/2 3 23 1 0 1 2 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Parks Jr. 9 6 1 3/5 0/0 3/4 0 15 0 0 1 4 2
K. Brewton Jr. 6 1 2 2/3 1/2 1/2 1 18 2 0 2 0 1
R. Thornton 5 0 0 2/3 1/1 0/0 2 19 1 0 0 0 0
A. Jones 3 2 1 1/1 0/0 1/2 1 15 0 0 0 0 2
K. Sameh Azab - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Thomas - - - - - - - - - - - - -
V. Enoh - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Olds - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Boyce - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Hardaway - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Wingett - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 76 27 12 26/64 10/30 14/20 17 200 5 3 14 10 17
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
S. Mays 19 2 1 6/11 3/5 4/4 2 33 1 0 0 0 2
E. Williams 11 10 0 4/6 0/0 3/4 2 26 1 1 2 6 4
N. Reid 11 5 1 5/9 1/3 0/0 4 20 0 1 3 0 5
J. Smart 11 3 3 5/10 0/3 1/2 3 23 3 0 4 0 3
T. Waters 8 2 8 3/11 0/3 2/2 2 37 3 1 3 0 2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
S. Mays 19 2 1 6/11 3/5 4/4 2 33 1 0 0 0 2
E. Williams 11 10 0 4/6 0/0 3/4 2 26 1 1 2 6 4
N. Reid 11 5 1 5/9 1/3 0/0 4 20 0 1 3 0 5
J. Smart 11 3 3 5/10 0/3 1/2 3 23 3 0 4 0 3
T. Waters 8 2 8 3/11 0/3 2/2 2 37 3 1 3 0 2
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
K. Bigby-Williams 14 4 1 7/7 0/0 0/0 2 17 0 1 0 3 1
D. Days 9 6 0 4/6 1/3 0/0 2 16 1 2 1 4 2
D. Edwards 2 3 1 0/3 0/1 2/2 1 20 1 0 1 0 3
M. Taylor 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/2 1 8 0 0 0 0 0
M. Graves - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Kingsby - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Cooper - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Reese - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Hyatt - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 85 35 15 34/63 5/18 12/16 19 200 10 6 14 13 22