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BATON ROUGE Ė LSUís basketball program took another step forward under first year Coach Will Wade with an 84-76 win over the University of Louisiana at Lafayette Wednesday night at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

The Tigers, now 18-14, advance to a second round game against No. 2-seed Utah in Salt Lake City. The game will be played Monday, March 19, at 8 p.m. CT (7 p.m. local) on ESPNU.

Louisiana-Lafayette finishes its Sun Belt regular season championship campaign at 27-7.

Duop Reath had a huge game for the Tigers with 26 points and 11 rebounds to go with four blocks and two steals in 31 minutes. The senior hit 10-of-14 field goals, including two treys and all four free throws. Brandon Sampson had 18 points, hitting 5-of-9 field goals, one trey from the expanded arc and 7-of-9 charity tosses. Skylar Mays came off the bench to hit 5-of-10 field goals, including a three for 11 points.

For the game, LSU shot 52.7 percent, the 12th time the Tigers have shot better than 50 percent this season and the 13th consecutive game dating back to last year that the Tigers have shot 50 percent and won. LSU was 4-of-18 from the three-point range and 22-of-30 at the line, including 12-of-17 at the stripe in the final quarter.



UL-Lafayette was 27-of-74 for 36.5 percent, 7-of-28 from the arc and 15-19 at the free throw line. The Cajuns were led by Frank Bartley with five treys and 21 points, while Johnathan Stove had 17, Marcus Stroman 12 and Cedric Russell 10.

LSU had a 46-28 advantage in points in the paint and 19-15 in points off turnovers. UL-Lafayette, which out rebounded the Tigers, 40-35 and 21-9 on the offensive boards, had a 20-8 advantage in second chance points.

Tremont Waters, still wearing the mask for his broken nose, only took four shots, making three but still had seven assists and nine points.

UL-Lafayette got off to a great start in the game played with experimental 10-minute quarter rules. Bartley hit a three and Stove hit back-to-back layups to give the Cajuns a 7-0 advantage with 8:04 left in the opening quarter as Coach Wade took a timeout.

Reath got LSU going with a jumper out of the timeout before Barley hit a three to give the Cajuns its biggest lead of the night, 10-2, at the 7:07 mark.

From there, Aaron Epps had a dunk, Reath a jump shot, and, a layup, turnover, steal and dunk all by Mays to give LSU a tie for 10-10. After an LSU turnover and a missed three by UL-Lafayette, Tremont Waters scored to make it 12-10 and the run of 12 points ended with another Mays dunk at the 1:35 mark to put LSU up 14-10.

The Tigers led by 18-15 at the end of the first 10 minutes.

In the second quarter, the Tigers continued to hold the lead and advanced it to nine points at 30-21 with 4:29 to go in the first half. The lead went to 10 for the Tigers when Sampson had a layin off a turnover that gave LSU a 33-23 advantage and when Reath his first of his three-pointers, LSU had the crowd of 6,846 excited up 40-28 at the break.

In the third quarter, after LSU opened with a layup to make the margin, 42-28, the Cajuns began to connect cutting the game to three three different times before LSU was able to get out of the third 10 minutes up, 61-53.

LSU in the final period went toe-for-toe with the Cajuns, trying to match their buckets and trying to pad the lead at the free throw line. But UL-Lafayette made one final move with LSU up five, 73-68, with 2:44 left. Bartley had a jumper to make it 73-70 and then after a succession blocks, turnovers and steals on both ends, Stroman got an offensive rebound put back to make it 73-72 with 1:39 to go.

From there Waters made two free throws, the Cajuns turned the ball over and Daryl Edwards made one three to make it 76-72 with 1:02 to go. The Cajuns missed a three-pointer and Duop Reath made it 78-72 which was enough points for the Tigers who made free throws for the final margin.

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