Mays goes deep in LSU’s victory over Samford
Skylar Mays made a career-high four 3-pointers and scored 20 points as LSU defeated Samford 105-86 on Thursday night in Baton Rouge, La.
Mays was one of five players to score in double figures for the Tigers (2-0). Brandon Sampson matched Mays’ 20 points, Wayde Sims had 13, Duop Reath 12 and Brandon Rachal 10. Aaron Epps scored eight points after missing LSU’s opener because of a foot injury.
Demetrius Denzel-Dyson led the Bulldogs (1-2) with 21 points, Justin Coleman scored 19 and Alex Thompson had 10.
The Bulldogs cut the Tigers’ 19-point halftime lead to 16 twice at the outset of the second half before LSU extended the margin.
Sampson and Daryl Edwards each made a 3-pointer to give the Tigers a 61-34 lead
Coleman’s 3-pointer reduced the Tigers’ lead to 67-47 with 13:22 remaining, but LSU pushed the lead to 25 midway through the second half. Samford didn’t get closer than 17 points after that.
Edwards made a 3-pointer and Sims converted a three-point play as LSU raced to a 10-2 lead.
After Coleman made a 3-pointer, Tremont Waters and Mays each made a 3-pointer as the Tigers increased their lead to 28-9.
Triston Chambers and Christen Cunningham each made a 3-pointer and the Bulldogs cut the lead to 35-21.
Reath made two free throws and Mays hit a 3-pointer as the Tigers rebuilt the lead to 19.
Mays made another 3-pointer as the Tigers took their biggest lead of the half before Cunningham’s jumper with one second remaining left LSU with a 47-28 halftime lead.