No Tremont Waters, no problem for No. 13 LSU.
The Tigers, who were without their leading scorer due to an undisclosed illness, upset No. 5 Tennessee 82-80 in overtime on Saturday in Baton Rouge. The Vols’ loss puts them in a 3-way tie at the top of the SEC standings with LSU and No. 4 Kentucky.
LSU freshman guard Javante Smart, who scored a career-high 29 points to go with five rebounds and five assists, sank two free throws in overtime that proved to be the game-winner. How did he get to the line? After LSU tied the game at 80-80, Lamonte Turner missed a 3-pointer with 4.6 seconds left. Smart got the rebound and instantly collided with Grant Williams, who was called for the foul.
Williams, who only made five of his 14 field goals, finished with 18 points and nine rebounds scoring nine of Tennessee’s last 13 points.
Tennessee owned the lead for close to 32 minutes as Admiral Schofield continued to keep his team in front until the end. Schofield led the Vols with 27 points and nine rebounds. Jordan Bone added 13 points but finished the game without an assist. Lamonte Turner chipped in seven points but 1-7 from 3-point land.
Tennessee, who lost its second-straight weekend game to a Top-15 opponent (86-69 loss to Kentucky on Feb. 16), travels to Ole Miss on Wednesday before hosting Kentucky March 2 at Thompson-Boling Arena.