Indianapolis Star
National Basketball Association
Louisiana State 85, South Carolina 80
When: 8:30 PM ET, Saturday, January 16, 2021
Where: Pete Maravich Assembly Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Officials: # Randy Heimerman, # John Hampton, # Pat Adams
Attendance: 2143

Cameron Thomas scored 25 points and Trendon Watford added 23 as LSU defeated South Carolina 85-80 in a Southeastern Conference game Saturday night in Baton Rouge, La.

Javonte Smart added 15 points and Darius Days scored 11 for the Tigers (10-2, 5-1).

Keyshawn Bryant scored 26, AJ Lawson added 22, Justin Minaya had 12 points and 10 rebounds and Wildens Leveque scored 12 for the Gamecocks (3-3, 1-1), who played without head coach Frank Martin, who tested positive for COVID-19 earlier in the week.

South Carolina was playing its first game since Jan. 6 because of COVID-related postponements. It saw games against Ole Miss and Tennessee postponed because of the virus.

The Gamecocks led by four points at halftime, and Leveque made their first two baskets of the second half to open a 45-36 lead.

Smart scored eight points and Thomas converted a three-point play that pulled the Tigers even at 48.

South Carolina scored the next seven points before Smart made two 3-pointers to help LSU take a 58-57 lead.

Leveque's basket put the Gamecocks back on top and Bryant's jumper pushed the lead to 72-64, but the offense went cold the rest of the way.

Days and Thomas made back-to-back 3-pointers, and Watford made four consecutive free throws to give the Tigers a 74-73 lead.

South Carolina tied the score twice before Watford made two free throws and Thomas added a jumper and two free throws for an 84-76 lead.

Leveque's dunk with 13 seconds left produced the Gamecocks' first field goal in more than seven minutes.

Lawson's 3-pointer started the scoring, and LSU got within one point three times before Lawson made two 3-pointers to give South Carolina a 17-6 lead.

Watford scored six points and Thomas added five during a 13-4 run that pulled the Tigers within 25-23.

Lawson made a 3-pointer as the Gamecocks opened a 32-24 lead.

Thomas had a 3-pointer, and LSU got within two before Bryant's jumper gave South Carolina a 38-34 halftime lead.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
South Carolina   Louisiana State
Keyshawn Bryant 26 Scoring Cameron Thomas 25
Jermaine Couisnard 5 Assists Trendon Watford 5
Justin Minaya 10 Rebounds Darius Days 9
Keyshawn Bryant 5 Free Throws Made Cameron Thomas 9
A.J. Lawson 5 Steals Darius Days 3
Keyshawn Bryant 4 Blocks Josh LeBlanc Sr. 1
Team Stats Summary
Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
South Carolina 80 44.9 8-29 10-14 18 36 6 9 15
Louisiana State 85 45.8 7-18 24-32 10 33 2 10 13