Waters' clutch plays help LSU sink Michigan
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[November 21, 2017]
Freshman guard Tremont Waters
scored 21 points and made multiple big plays down the stretch,
leading LSU to a 77-75 win over Michigan on Monday in the Maui
Invitational at Lahaina, Hawaii.
In the final minutes, Waters hit a jumper that tied the score and
then made a steal leading to a Skylar Mays dunk that gave LSU the
lead with 1:18 to play.
Michigan's Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman missed a potential winning
3-pointer as time expired.
Senior forward Aaron Epps added 14 points off the bench for the
Tigers (3-0), who advance to face No. 13 Notre Dame in a semifinal
game on Tuesday.
Michigan's Charles Matthews led all scorers with 28 points, and
Moritz Wagner finished with 24 points for the Wolverines (3-1).
Michigan will play host Chaminade on Tuesday.
LSU jumped out to an 8-2 lead and never trailed in the first half. A
Mays jumper with four seconds left in the half sent the Tigers into
the locker room with a 31-29 lead.
The Tigers maintained the advantage midway through the second half
before Michigan grabbed the momentum.
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LSU Tigers guard Skylar Mays (4) battles for a rebound against
Michigan Wolverines guard Eli Brooks (55) in the first half during
the first round of the Maui Jim Maui Invitational at the Lahaina
Civic Center. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
Matthews scored on the put-back to bring Michigan within 53-50 at
the 10-minute mark of the second half. Abdur-Rahkman followed with a
jumper, and Duncan Robinson knocked down a 3-pointer from the corner
to give the Wolverines their first lead of the game at 55-53 with
Wagner added to the lead with a 3-pointer, capping a 10-0 run for
The Wolverines' lead grew to nine with 5:11 to play before Waters
ignited LSU's comeback with six consecutive points.
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