LSU wins at Winthrop home again 89-81.

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BATON ROUGE (La. (AP) — Cam Hayes scored 25 points shooting 8 for 11 and LSU fought off feisty Winthrop, pulling away in the second half for an 89-81 win on Saturday night.

Despite their size advantage the Tigers (10-1) needed a 14-3 run within three minutes to gain its first double-digit lead at 80-68. Adam Miller’s 3-pointer with just 3:40 remaining was the Tigers’ only point of attack.

The Eagles responded to their previous performance with a 10-2 run that brought them within 82-78. KJ Williams scored a 3 pointer with 48 seconds remaining and LSU took the win. Williams had 18 points while Miller had 14.

Twelve of LSU’s first 14 points came on two pairs of 3-pointers by Hayes and Justice Hill and the Tigers led 14-5. But the Eagles — who are 0-5 on the road this season — went on a 12-2 run for a 17-16 lead. The Eagles led 39 to 38 at the end of the first half, while neither team was leading by more than five points (LSU 32-25, Winthrop 23-19).

LSU won its seventh consecutive home game, remaining unbeaten. Since losing to Ole Miss on February 1, the Tigers have won 11 straight home matches.

Cory Hightower scored 25 point for Winthrop (5-7), Kelton Tarford 23 on 11-15 shooting, Sincere MacMahon 18 and Kasen Harrison 11.

This was the second matchup between the schools. LSU was the site of the first meeting, in 1993. The Tigers won 100-71.

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