Balanced attack helps #13 LSU notch 23rd win

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BATON ROUGE -- Behind double doubles by forwards Naz Reid and Kavell Bigby-Williams, the 13th-ranked LSU men's basketball team built a 21-point lead and held off Texas A&M, 66-55, Tuesday night at the Maravich Center.

LSU's five starters where all in double figures scoring and accounted for all of the Tigers' points.

Reid made 6-of-12 shots and finished with 18 points and 11 rebounds, while Bigby-Williams added 10 points and 11 rebounds with three blocked shots. Point guard Javonte Smart had 17 points and seven rebounds. Guard Skylar Mays surpassed 1,000 career points in the contest and finished with 11 points and five assists.

LSU (23-5, 13-2 SEC) won its second-consecutive game without its leading scorer, point guard Tremont Waters (15.7 ppg.).

Texas A&M fell to 12-15 overall, 5-10 in SEC play.

Both LSU (35 percent) and Texas A&M (32 percent) struggled from the field. However, the Tigers scored 17 points off turnovers and maintained at least a nine-point lead over the final 28 minutes.

LSU returns to action on Saturday when the Tigers travel to face Alabama (17-11, 8-7 SEC) at 11 a.m. CT on ESPN.

LSU scored its first 12 points of the game in the paint - eight on dunks - and led 12-5 early on.

With 8:26 remaining in the first half, Mays made the first of two free throws to reach 1,000 career points and put LSU ahead 22-10. He became the 41st Tiger to reach the milestone.

A three-point play by Bigby-Williams capped a 12-0 run and gave LSU its largest lead of the game, 34-13, late in the first half.

Despite shooting 35 percent in the half, LSU held Texas A&M to only 26 percent and led 36-20 at the break.

The Aggies chipped away at the LSU lead midway through the second half, trimming its deficit to 47-37 with 11:56 remaining. However, Smart answered with seven points to extend the Tigers' advantage to 54-39.

Both teams struggled from the field down the stretch, combining for only one field goal in a four-minute span until a dunk by Taylor with 3:31 to play. LSU led 61-47.