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Louisiana State 75, Nicholls State 65

BATON ROUGE, La. - For the first time in their LSU careers, sophomores Darius Days and Emmitt Williams were in the starting lineup together.

That combination was a success as both Days and Williams registered double-doubles in No. 23 LSU's 75-65 non-conference victory against Nicholls State.

Days finished with 17 points and 11 rebounds as he hit double-digits in both points and rebounds in the same game for the first time in his career. The 17 points and 11 rebounds were career-highs for Days. Williams contributed 11 points and a season-best 12 rebounds.

"I thought I did fine, but none of that is possible without my teammates looking for me," Days said. "Javonte (Smart) looked for me, Skylar (Mays) looked for me, Trendon (Watford) looked for me. I'm just happy we got the win."

Mays was the leading scorer for the Tigers (2-1) with 18 points. Watford scored 17 points - all but three in the first half - for LSU.

"I was proud of our offensive rebounding," LSU coach Will Wade said. "Days played extremely well. Emmitt played well. Skylar bounced back with a positive assist-to-turnover ratio and eight rebounds. Turnovers were a problem again. If we don't get that under control, it's going to be a long year."

Dexter McClanahan was the top scorer for the Colonels (2-2) with 20 points. D'Angelo Hunter had 15 points for Nicholls State.

The Tigers took control of the game by scoring 10 consecutive points in the second half to break a 48-48 tie. Days had two field goals in this stretch. The Colonels came no closer than five points the rest of the game.

"We missed some shots we normally make, but LSU played very well defensively," Nicholls State coach Austin Claunch said. "We forced a lot of turnovers (25), but they were able to get back on defense quickly and prevent us from capitalizing on them."

Nicholls State took a 29-21 lead in the first half after scoring nine consecutive points. McClanahan made two baskets, including a 3-pointer, during that stretch.

However, LSU answered in the final minutes before halftime with its own 9-0 run. Mays scored five of those nine points as the Tigers went ahead of the Colonels 37-36.

A 3-pointer by McClanahan with 36 seconds remaining in the first half put Nicholls State ahead 39-37. Watford made one foul shot with ten seconds before halftime to leave LSU behind by one point.

Associated Press

November 16, 2019

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