Big first half leads LSU to close win

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JACKSONVILLE, FL -- No. 3 seed LSU built a 16-point halftime lead and held off a late barrage of three pointers to advance to the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament second round, 79-74, on Thursday afternoon in Vystar Veterans Memorial Arena.

Skylar Mays led the Tigers with 19 points, while Naz Reid added 14 points and tied Kavell Bigby-Williams with a game-high 10 rebounds. Tremont Waters scored 13 of his 15 in the first half and added seven assists, while tying the LSU single-season record with his 93rd steal in 2018-19.

Yale was led by Alex Copeland, who scored 24 points on 9-of-16 shooting including three of Yale's eight three pointers. The Bulldogs attempted 37 three pointers and shot 37.5 percent from the field (27 of 72).