Rapid Reaction: LSU avoids upset at Florida, picks up huge overtime victory to stay in SEC title race
Earlier this year, the Florida Gators went into Baton Rouge and pulled off a big upset of LSU — one of the Tigers’ only two losses in SEC play leading into Wednesday night’s rematch in Gainesville.
The two heated rivals didn’t disappoint, providing an exciting game. After leading 34-31 at halftime, LSU watched as Florida clawed its way back to take a big lead in the second half. Then, the Tigers went on a 10-0 run to regain control.
It went back and forth from there, but at the end of the night, it was the Tigers who emerged victorious, needing overtime to pick up a narrow 79-78 road win over the Gators. The Tigers also did something incredible, finishing the SEC season with a perfect road record.
In his final home game, Florida senior G Jalen Hudson was incredible. At one point in the second half, he had 18-straight points for the Gators. He finished with a season-high 33 points to lead all scorers on Wednesday night. However, he fell on the final play in overtime, leading to the Gators ending the game without getting a shot off.
The Tigers had four players in double-digits when it came to scoring. Even without starting, PG Tremont Waters led the way with 19 points, but he also had an uncharacteristic six turnovers to go with six assists and three steals. He did make the shot that sent the game to overtime, though. Javonte Smart (15 points), Emmitt Williams (13) and Skylar Mays (11) also had more than 10 points.
With the win, the Tigers improve to 15-2 in SEC play (25-5 overall) and keep pace with the Tennessee Volunteers in the race for the SEC regular-season title. The Gators fall to 17-13 overall and 9-8 in SEC play.
Florida closes the season at Kentucky on Saturday, while LSU will host Vanderbilt to close out the regular season. If the Tigers win, they’ll clinch a share of the regular-season title and also earn themselves the No. 1 seed in the SEC Tournament next week.