November 21, 2017 / 7:21 AM / a year ago

Waters' clutch plays help LSU sink Michigan

Waters’ clutch plays help LSU sink Michigan

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.

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 8:42 left.

Wagner added to the lead with a 3-pointer, capping a 10-0 run for Michigan.

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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