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Waters' drive beats Maryland 69-67, sends LSU to Sweet 16

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) It's probably the same play suspended LSU coach Will Wade would have called.

After all, it worked several times during the regular season. And now it has sent the Tigers to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2006.

Tremont Waters drove by three defenders and scooped in a banking layup with 1.6 seconds remaining to give third-seeded LSU a 69-67 victory over sixth-seeded Maryland in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday.

''Great players make great plays, and he made a great play,'' interim coach Tony Benford said.

After Maryland's Eric Ayala failed to get off a shot from midcourt before the final buzzer, LSU players mobbed Waters under the basket. They could have done the same to Skylar Mays, who scored 16 points and hit a huge 3-pointer with 40 seconds remaining that put the Tigers (28-6) up 67-64.

Jalen Smith answered on the other end, sending the packed crowd into a frenzy and prompting LSU to call timeout.

Benford dialed up the final play for Waters, a dynamic sophomore who has been terrific all season.

''The players knew exactly what was coming,'' Maryland coach Mark Turgeon said. ''We all knew what was coming. It was whether we were going to be able to stop it or not.''

The 5-foot-11 Waters got a pick from big man Naz Reid, drove into the lane and somehow got off the winner.

''I was in the bottom of the dog pile, and just the feeling, it feels amazing,'' Waters said. ''I'm going to continue to do everything I can to help this team win and just keep pushing for my guys.''

Wade could only celebrate from afar. The head coach was banished indefinitely after details emerged about him talking to a recruiting middleman about a ''strong ass offer'' he made to a high schooler. If true, Wade clearly violated NCAA rules.

Maryland fans had some fun with the allegations.

One fan unhappy with the refs yelled ''How much did Will Wade pay you?'' Others chanted ''Where's your coach?'' during timeouts.

Regardless, the Tigers advanced in the East without Wade and mired in controversy.

They also dedicated the season to the memory of Wayde Sims, their teammate shot and killed in late September.

''It's huge for these guys,'' Benford said. ''They're the ones that paid the price. They've been through a lot. ... I give it to these guys. They have taken ownership of this team.''

''They trust each other and respect each other, they love each other, and when you have a team like that, you have a chance to win games, he said.

Waters finished with 12 points and five assists. Reid added 13 points, and Darius Days chipped in 10.

LSU outscored Maryland 34-24 in the paint.

The Terrapins (23-11) rallied from a 15-point deficit in the second half to make it a nail-biter down the stretch. Coach Mark Turgeon switched to a zone defense, which slowed Waters, and his guys started making shots. They even had a 3 point lead with 5 minutes to play.

''I never thought we were going to lose until the kid made the lay-up, to be honest with you,'' Turgeon said.

Maryland trailed 46-31 with 16 minutes remaining after Turgeon was hit with a technical foul. But the call seemed to ignite - or maybe infuriate - Maryland.

Smith led Maryland with 15 points. Bruno Fernando added 10 points and 15 rebounds.

BIG PICTURE

Maryland entered the postseason with the fourth-youngest team in the country, according to KenPom. Kentucky is the only team in the NCAA field with a younger roster. So the Terrapins could be in position for another run in 2020.

''I always grew up watching these type of games, these big-time games,'' guard Darryl Morsell said. ''So just to be able to be in it, it's a great feeling, and just to have all these young guys coming back and stuff, it's just going to make us hungrier.''

LSU improved to 13-5 in games decided by 6 points of less, and Waters has been a big reason for the late-game success.

UP NEXT

Maryland waits to see what Fernando does regarding the NBA. The 6-foot-10 sophomore entered the draft after his freshman season, but returned to school and averaged 13.7 points and 10.5 rebounds.

LSU will play the Minnesota-Michigan State winner in Washington D.C. on Friday.

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Key Players
A. Cowan Jr.
1 G
T. Waters
3 G
32.4 Min. Per Game 32.4
15.1 Pts. Per Game 15.1
6.0 Ast. Per Game 6.0
2.9 Reb. Per Game 2.9
39.3 Field Goal % 43.0
33.7 Three Point % 32.1
80.6 Free Throw % 80.5
+ 2 Tremont Waters made driving layup 2.0
+ 3 Jalen Smith made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Anthony Cowan Jr. 27.0
+ 3 Skylar Mays made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Javonte Smart 37.0
  Defensive rebound by Naz Reid 49.0
  Darryl Morsell missed tip-in 51.0
  Offensive rebound by Darryl Morsell 52.0
  Eric Ayala missed 3-pt. jump shot 54.0
+ 1 Skylar Mays made 2nd of 2 free throws 1:13
+ 1 Skylar Mays made 1st of 2 free throws 1:13
  Shooting foul on Jalen Smith 1:13
  Offensive rebound by Skylar Mays 1:15
Team Stats
Points 67 69
Field Goals 21-63 (33.3%) 24-65 (36.9%)
3-Pointers 9-28 (32.1%) 7-24 (29.2%)
Free Throws 16-23 (69.6%) 14-16 (87.5%)
Total Rebounds 42 34
Offensive 13 10
Defensive 28 24
Team 1 0
Assists 12 12
Steals 6 6
Blocks 7 4
Turnovers 11 10
Fouls 14 16
Technicals 1 0
15 PTS, 8 REB, 1 AST
16 PTS, 5 REB
12T
away team logo 6 Maryland 23-11 293867
home team logo 3 LSU 28-6 383169
Team Stats
away team logo 6 Maryland 23-11 71.4 PPG 42.4 RPG 13.1 APG
home team logo 3 LSU 28-6 80.4 PPG 41.2 RPG 12.9 APG
Key Players
25
J. Smith F 11.7 PPG 6.8 RPG 0.9 APG 49.2 FG%
4
S. Mays G 13.4 PPG 3.3 RPG 2.1 APG 42.1 FG%
Top Scorers
J. Smith F 15 PTS 8 REB 1 AST
S. Mays G 16 PTS 5 REB 0 AST
33.3 FG% 36.9
32.1 3PT FG% 29.2
69.6 FT% 87.5
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Smith 15 8 1 4/11 1/5 6/10 4 29 0 5 1 3 5
A. Cowan Jr. 11 4 6 4/11 3/6 0/0 1 36 2 0 1 1 3
B. Fernando 10 15 1 3/8 0/1 4/4 3 38 1 0 5 3 12
D. Morsell 10 5 2 4/13 1/4 1/3 0 33 0 1 2 3 2
E. Ayala 8 6 1 3/12 1/7 1/2 0 35 0 0 1 2 4
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Smith 15 8 1 4/11 1/5 6/10 4 29 0 5 1 3 5
A. Cowan Jr. 11 4 6 4/11 3/6 0/0 1 36 2 0 1 1 3
B. Fernando 10 15 1 3/8 0/1 4/4 3 38 1 0 5 3 12
D. Morsell 10 5 2 4/13 1/4 1/3 0 33 0 1 2 3 2
E. Ayala 8 6 1 3/12 1/7 1/2 0 35 0 0 1 2 4
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
A. Wiggins 11 3 1 3/6 3/3 2/2 2 19 2 0 0 1 2
R. Lindo Jr. 2 0 0 0/1 0/1 2/2 1 6 1 1 0 0 0
J. Tomaic - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Smith Jr. 0 0 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 1 4 0 0 0 0 0
I. Bender - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Terrell - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Valmon - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Mona - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Ramsey - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Clark - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 67 41 12 21/63 9/28 16/23 14 200 6 7 11 13 28
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
S. Mays 16 5 0 4/12 4/8 4/4 2 37 2 1 0 2 3
N. Reid 13 4 2 5/14 0/3 3/3 4 33 0 0 3 1 3
T. Waters 12 2 5 5/12 0/4 2/2 1 36 2 0 2 0 2
K. Bigby-Williams 2 8 1 1/5 0/0 0/0 4 22 0 2 1 2 6
M. Taylor 0 4 0 0/3 0/3 0/0 2 18 1 0 1 1 3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
S. Mays 16 5 0 4/12 4/8 4/4 2 37 2 1 0 2 3
N. Reid 13 4 2 5/14 0/3 3/3 4 33 0 0 3 1 3
T. Waters 12 2 5 5/12 0/4 2/2 1 36 2 0 2 0 2
K. Bigby-Williams 2 8 1 1/5 0/0 0/0 4 22 0 2 1 2 6
M. Taylor 0 4 0 0/3 0/3 0/0 2 18 1 0 1 1 3
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. Days 10 5 1 3/4 2/2 2/2 1 15 0 0 1 3 2
J. Smart 9 3 2 4/13 1/4 0/0 1 27 1 0 1 0 3
E. Williams 7 3 1 2/2 0/0 3/5 1 12 0 1 1 1 2
M. Graves - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Cooper - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Reese - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Hyatt - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 69 34 12 24/65 7/24 14/16 16 200 6 4 10 10 24