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Freshman Thomas Continues Strong Play, LSU Tops SE Louisiana

Freshman Thomas Continues Strong Play, LSU Tops SE Louisiana

Freshman Cameron Thomas scored 21 points for his third 20plus game, Trendon Watford had 20 points and nine rebounds, and LSU eased past Southeastern Louisiana 9643 on Monday night in the Tigers home opener.

BATON ROUGE, La.: Freshman Cameron Thomas scored 21 points for his third 20-plus game, Trendon Watford had 20 points and nine rebounds, and LSU eased past Southeastern Louisiana 96-43 on Monday night in the Tigers home opener.

Thomas, named the SEC freshman of the week, opened the game with a 3-pointer to start a 21-6 run through the opening 10 minutes. He finished the game 4 of 8 from the 3-point line and 9 of 10 at the free-throw line. Last week, Thomas scored 27 points against SIUE and 25 versus Saint Louis, hitting 10 field goals and four three-pointers in each game.

LSU led 50-18 at halftime after shooting 53%, while holding SE Louisiana to 17%.

Mwani Wilkinson added 12 points and six rebounds for LSU (2-1), which is scheduled to host Louisiana Tech on Sunday. Darius Days had 11 points and seven rebounds, and JaVonte Smart scored 10 points with five assists.

The Tigers shot 50% from the field, outrebounded the Lions 53-33 and had a 32-14 advantage for points in the paint. SE Louisiana made just 13 of 59 shots.

Shaquille O’Neal was in attendance to watch his son Shareef ONeal, who scored five points including a 3-pointer with 2:31 remaining for a 54-point lead. He also grabbed nine rebounds in 18 minutes.

Keon Clergeot scored 17 points and Joe Kasperzyk added 13 for SE Louisiana (0-3).

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first published:December 01, 2020, 09:03 IST