Waters layup sends Tigers to Sweet 16

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JACKSONVILLE, FL -- Tremont Waters' layup with 1.6 seconds remaining put the third-seeded LSU Men's Basketball team in the NCAA Sweet 16, 69-67, over No. 6 seed Maryland on Saturday afternoon.

After leading by nine at the half and as many as 15 in the game, LSU (28-6) found tough sledding against the Maryland (23-10) zone in the second half. The Terps rallied to lead for the first time with 5:52 to play. The game was tied six times in the closing minutes.

With six seconds left and the game tied at 67-67, Waters made a move across the right side of the key, got a screen from Naz Reid up top, dribbled through three defenders, and used another screen from Kavell Bigby-Williams to fend off a block attempt of his scooping layup that kissed off the off the glass and was caught by the left-front rim for his 12th points of the game.

As LSU's bench erupted, Maryland's three-quarter court heave hit the top of the backboard, sending the Tigers' faithful into a frenzy.

Waters, who scored his 1,000th career point early in the second half, finished with 12 points, five assists and two steals. For the second time in as many games, Skylar Mays led the Tigers in scoring with 14 points including a three pointer with 40 seconds to play that gave the Tigers a short-lived three-point lead.

Reid managed 13 points against the Terps' pair of 6-10 rim protectors who collected seven blocked shots. Darius Days, Javonte Smart and Emmitt Williams combined for 26 points off the bench with 20 coming in the first half.

LSU managed only 36.9 percent from the field, including 10-of-35 (28.6 percent) in the second half when Maryland's zone stymied the Tigers offense. LSU's defense was strong as well, holding Maryland to 33.3 percent (21 of 63) with 9-of-28 from three-point range.

Forward Jalen Smith led Maryland (23-10) with 15 points and five blocked shots, while fellow 6-10 forward Bruno Fernando had 10 points and 15 rebounds.

With the victory, LSU (28-6) improved to 13-4 away from home in 2018-19 including 9-0 in SEC regular-season play. Only three LSU squads have won more than 13 games away from home in a season: 1980 (16), 1981 and 1987 (14).

The Tigers' 28 wins is the most by an LSU squad since 1999-2000, when John Brady's Tigers won 28 en route to the NCAA Sweet 16.