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Thomas, Smart Help LSU Rally, Beat Georgia 94-92 In Overtime

Thomas, Smart Help LSU Rally, Beat Georgia 94-92 In Overtime

Freshman Cameron Thomas scored eight of his 26 points after regulation, Javonte Smart hit backtoback 3pointers to force overtime and LSU rallied to beat Georgia 9492 on Wednesday night.

BATON ROUGE, La.: Freshman Cameron Thomas scored eight of his 26 points after regulation, Javonte Smart hit back-to-back 3-pointers to force overtime and LSU rallied to beat Georgia 94-92 on Wednesday night.

Thomas, who came in averaging 24.6 points (No. 5 nationally) this season, set career highs with 15 free throws on 16 attempts, including 5 of 6 in the final two minutes. Smart finished with 21 points and freshman Darius Days had 13 points and 11 rebounds his second double-double in the last three games and his third this season for LSU (7-2, 2-1 Southeastern Conference).

Thomas scored LSU’s first seven points in overtime to take the lead for good and Days hit a 3-pointer to make it 90-86 with 50 seconds to play. Justin Kier hit the last of his career-high six 3s for Georgia (7-2, 0-2) and after LSU’s Trendon Watford made 1 of 2 from the free-three line, Sahvir Wheeler’s layup pulled the Bulldogs to 93-92 with 15 seconds remaining. Thomas missed the first of two foul shots and Wheeler couldn’t convert a contested layup attempt in the closing seconds.

Kier, a 6-foot-5 graduate transfer from George Mason, finished with 25 points. Wheeler scored 21 and had nine assists. Sophomore Toumani Camara had 14 points and 10 rebounds his fourth double-double in the last five games while tying his career highs with four assists and three steals.

The Tigers, coming off an 83-79 loss at Florida last Saturday, trailed by 10 points midway through the second half and Wheeler hit a deep 3-pointer to give Georgia a six-point lead with 1:57 left. Smart answered with a 3 and then stole the ball from Tye Fagan. Trendon Watford drove to the left side of the lane and, as the defense collapsed around him, found Smart for a wide-open straight-away 3 to make it 80-all 47 seconds later.

The Bulldogs, who have lost back-to-back games, were called for 23 personal fouls 17 after halftime and were outscored 22-12 from the foul line.

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