Duop Reath comes off bench to lead LSU over UNC-Wilmington

BATON ROUGE, La. — Rust was sometimes evident in LSU’s first basketball game in 12 days, but the Tigers prevailed 97-84 over defending Colonial Athletic Association champ UNC-Wilmington in their first game since Nov. 29.

Center Duop Reath led the way with a career-high 30 points off the bench. LSU started a smaller lineup, pairing forwards Aaron Epps and Wayde Sims with a trio of guards. Reath subbed in 1:55 into the game and became difficult to remove from the floor thereafter, hitting 13 of 17 field goals.

Freshman point guard Tremont Waters continued the impressive start to his young career, nearly recording a triple-double. Waters had 20 points to go with 10 assists and a career-high 9 rebounds.

Turning point

After UNC-Wilmington rallied to make the Tigers (5-2) start to sweat midway through the second half, guard Daryl Edwards drilled a 4-point play to effectively put an end to the their hopes.

LSU was up 73-65 when Edwards hit a 3-pointer while getting fouled with 7:38 left to play. He hit the free throw, and the Seahawks (2-5) never again got within single digits. Edwards finished the game 2-for-2 from the field with 7 points.

Top Seahawk sits out first half

UNC-Wilmington was without its top player, power forward Devontae Cacok, for the entire first half. Cacok, who dropped 35 points in the Seahawks last game at East Carolina, sat out the first 20 minutes before re-entering the lineup to start the second half.

LSU-UNCW box score

What’s next for LSU basketball?

The Tigers host the Houston Cougars Wednesday night at 8 p.m. CT. The game will be broadcast on the SEC Network.

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