LSU gets revenge, staves off Georgia

Will Baker made two free throws with 15 seconds left and LSU rebounded from losing a 15-point lead to defeat Georgia 67-66 on Tuesday night in Baton Rouge, La.Jordan Wright scored 17 points and Bak

LSU gets revenge, staves off Georgia

Will Baker made two free throws with 15 seconds left and LSU rebounded from losing a 15-point lead to defeat Georgia 67-66 on Tuesday night in Baton Rouge, La.

Jordan Wright scored 17 points and Baker finished with 12 as the Tigers (15-13, 7-8 SEC) turned the tables on the Bulldogs, who had scored the winning points with two seconds left in a 68-66 victory over visiting LSU on Jan. 24.

Noah Thomasson scored 16 points and Justin Hill added 11 Tuesday to lead Georgia (15-13, 5-10).

The Bulldogs started the second half with a 9-2 run that pulled them within 42-36.

Jalen Reed made a layup for the Tigers’ first field goal of the second half more than four minutes in, and Tyrell Ward followed with a 3-pointer for an 11-point lead.

Thomasson’s 3-pointer completed a 12-3 run that gave the Bulldogs their first lead of the second half, 58-57, with 5:38 to go.

There were two more lead changes and one tie before Hill’s 3-pointer gave Georgia a 64-61 lead. Wright made two free throws, then had a steal that led to a layup by Ward and a one-point lead for the Tigers.

Hill made a layup to give Georgia a one-point edge with 29 seconds left, but Baker’s free throws put LSU back on top.

After Hill missed a shot, the Bulldogs got the rebound, but Thomasson’s attempt was blocked by Reed with two seconds left and Wright secured the rebound.

The lead changed hands five times during the first 2 1/2 minutes before Baker pulled off a personal 7-0 run that gave LSU a 13-7 lead. That started a series of spurts by both teams.

Baker’s run ended when Silas Demary Jr. made a 3-pointer, but Ward and Wright each made a 3-pointer during a 10-0 run that gave the Tigers a 23-10 advantage.

Jabri Abdur-Rahim made five free throws during a 9-0 run that pulled Georgia within four.

Mike Williams III made back-to-back 3-pointers as part of an 8-0 run that gave LSU a 12-point lead.

The Tigers went up by 15 when Mwani Wilkinson made a 3-pointer, but Blue Cain beat the buzzer with a layup for Georgia, trimming the margin to 40-27 at halftime.