STARKVILLE, Miss. -- — Cameron Thomas scored 25 points, Javonte Smart had 22 points and 11 assists, and LSU pulled away down the stretch to beat Mississippi State 94-80 on Wednesday night.
Deivon Smith made a layup to cap an 8-2 spurt that trimmed Mississippi State’s deficit to 73-70 with 8 minutes to play. Smart answered with a step-back fade-away jumper and Thomas followed with a 3-pointer to start a 12-3 run that pushed LSU’s lead into double figures for good.
LSU set season highs for field-goal percentage (61.3) and assists (22). The Tigers scored 26 points off 15 Mississippi State turnovers and had a 24-8 advantage in fast-break points.
Thomas hit a jumper to make it 35-34 with 2:45 left in the first half and LSU led the rest of the way.
The Bulldogs, who went into the game ranked No. 32 nationally in field-goal percentage defense (39.9), gave up their most points in a game since a 98-92 loss to Auburn on February 7, 2017.
For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP--Top25
Guard Charlie Moore transferring from DePaul Blue Demons to Miami Hurricanes, his fourth school
Guard Charlie Moore is transferring to Miami, providing much-needed reinforcement for the Hurricanes, who since the end of the season have lost three players via the NCAA's new transfer rule.
Jalen Suggs declares for draft, ready to take a leadership role in the NBA
Jalen Suggs joins The Jump to talk about declaring for the NBA draft, and how he feels he has the skills to be a leader in the league.
Gonzaga Bulldogs star freshman guard Jalen Suggs to enter NBA draft
Gonzaga freshman guard Jalen Suggs is declaring for the NBA draft.