BATON ROUGE (La. (AP) — KJ Williams scored 28 points and grabbed 12 rebounds and LSU held off East Tennessee State’s late surge to beat the Buccaneers 72-68 on Wednesday night.
Trae Hannibal scored three points with 13:38 remaining to give the Tigers (11-1), a 51-40 lead. ETSU then rallied. LSU was outscored by 28-17 the Buccaneers in the next 12 minutes. They were then within 68-66 thanks to Josh Taylor’s dunk at 1:48.
Williams and ETUS’s Jordan King traded layups, King’s taking place with 54 seconds remaining for a 70-68 LSU advantage. King was fouled, and King missed the 1-and-1 opportunity.
LSU’s next possession saw ETSU’s Taylor block Justice Hill’s layup attempt. It took 25 seconds. King missed a shot with 15 seconds left, and LSU got the rebound. Hannibal scored the final points with two foul shots with seven minutes remaining.
Derek Fountain added 11 points to LSU.
LSU won its eighth consecutive home game, remaining unbeaten. Since its February 1 defeat to Ole Miss, the Tigers have won 12 consecutive home games.
Taylor was 22-points shooting 10-14 for ETSU (4-9). Jalenhaynes scored 14 points while King had 11.
The Buccaneers begin play in the Southern Conference on December 29th with a visit to Wofford.
LSU hosts No. 10 Arkansas.
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