Throughout the entire season, Tremont Waters had been the key to victory for LSU (17-13, 8-10 SEC). It seemed appropriate though that the seniors ended the regular season on a strong note and helped the Tigers come away with a 78-57 win over Mississippi State (21-10, 9-9 SEC).
It was a struggle for both teams to build a gap between themselves early on with neither team holding onto lead of more than three points. LSU caught fire though and went on a 12-2 run to make it 30-21 with 4:42 left. They were able to hold on as the first half ended and took a five-point lead into the locker room.
Things got tense early on in the second half with the Bulldogs getting the deficit down to two points with 11:59 left in regulation, but the Tigers started to pull away thanks to a 13-4 run. Walk-on senior Reed Vial put the final nail in Mississippi State’s coffin late courtesy of a late three.
LSU will wait out the rest of the results in the SEC to find out who they will face in the SEC Tournament in St. Louis.