January 12, 2020 / 3:50 AM / 12 days ago

Mays' buzzer-beater lifts LSU past Mississippi St.

Skylar Mays made a buzzer-beating jumper for his only field goal of the second half as LSU defeated Mississippi State 60-59 in an SEC game in Baton Rouge, La., on Saturday night.

Jan 11, 2020; Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA; LSU Tigers guard Javonte Smart (1) shoots a jump shot against Mississippi State Bulldogs guard D.J. Stewart Jr. (3) in the first half at Maravich Assembly Center. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

Reggie Perry’s basket gave Mississippi State a one-point lead with four seconds left and LSU called timeout.

Mays received an in-bounds pass in the backcourt, dribbled into the frontcourt and launched a jumper from just inside the three-point line. He finished with 11 points.

Emmitt Williams scored 17 points and Charles Manning Jr. came off the bench to score 15 for the Tigers, (11-4, 3-0 SEC).

Perry finished with 13 points and 15 rebounds, Abdul Ado had 12 points and 12 rebounds, and Nick Weatherspoon scored 14 points for the Bulldogs, (9-6, 0-3).

LSU took a 10-point lead early in the second half, but the Bulldogs went on a 17-4 run, and Iverson Molinar’s 3-pointer gave them a 41-38 lead.

Javonte Smart had a layup, Williams dunked and Manning made a layup to give the Tigers a 44-41 lead.

Perry scored six straight points during a 12-0 run that gave Mississippi State a 53-44 lead.

Williams made two free throws to start a 7-0 run that pulled the Tigers within two with three minutes remaining.

Manning’s 3-pointer put LSU ahead, 57-55, but Weatherspoon made two free throws to tie the score with 50 seconds remaining.

Williams broke the tie by making one of two free throws with 44 seconds left.

The Bulldogs had an early 6-2 lead before going scoreless for nearly six minutes.

Smart had four points during a 10-0 run that gave the Tigers a 12-6 lead.

Ado’s dunk ended the drought before Mays and Manning each made two baskets as LSU took its biggest lead of the half, 23-12.

Weatherspoon made a jumper and D.J. Stewart Jr. followed with back-to-back jumpers to pull Mississippi State within 23-18.

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Another jumper by Weatherspoon cut the lead to 25-22, but the Bulldogs didn’t score during the final 2:42 of the half.

Field goals by Mays and Manning and a free throw by Darius Days gave the Tigers a 30-22 halftime lead.

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