By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The No. 13 LSU Tigers defeated the No. 5 Tennessee Volunteers on Saturday afternoon. The Tigers won 82-80 in overtime over the Volunteers at Pete Maravich Assembly Center in front of 13,215 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
The Tigers improved to 22-5 on the season. They are 12-2 in conference play.
LSU has won five of its last six games. Their loss came to the Florida Gators in an 82-77 defeat in their previous game.
The Volunteers fell to 24-3 on the season. Like the Tigers, they are also now 12-2 in conference play.
Tennessee has dropped two of its last three games. Their only win came in a 58-46 win over the Vanderbilt Commodores in their previous game.
This was the third all-time meeting with both teams in the Associated Press Top-15. This was the first since the 1980-81 season.
The Tigers won all three meetings, including both meetings during that 1980-81 season.
Ja’vonte Smart led the Tigers with 29 points. He also had five rebounds, five assists, and three steals.
This was Smart’s best game of the season, as he had his first 20-point performance. His previous high was 19 points in an 83-79 win against the Georgia Bulldogs on Feb. 16.
Smart was one of three LSU players, who scored in double-digits. Skylar Mays had 23 points, while Kavell Bigby-Williams contributed 10.
The Tigers had 17 bench points. Darius Days led the bench with nine points. He also had four rebounds and two steals.
Admiral Schofield led the Volunteers with 27 points. He also had nine rebounds and one assist.
This was Schofield’s first 20-plus performance in four games, as he had 21 points on Feb. 13 against the South Carolina Gamecocks. He had a season-high 30 points in a 76-73 over then No. 1 Gonzaga Bulldogs on Dec. 9.
Schofield was one of three Tennessee players, who scored in double-digits. Grant Williams had 18, while Jordan Bone contributed 13.
The Volunteers had eight bench points. Jordan Bowden led the bench with four points. He also had five rebounds and one assist.