Eason sparks LSU to 84-65 romp over Georgia

February 17, 2022 GMT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Tari Eason finished with 21 points, nine rebounds and three steals to power LSU to an 84-65 victory over Georgia on Wednesday night.

Eason came off the bench in the first half to score 17 and grab six boards, sparking the Tigers (19-7, 7-6 Southeastern Conference) to a 38-22 lead at halftime. LSU forced 15 turnovers in the first half and had a 20-2 advantage in points off turnovers. The Tigers raced to their first-half lead by outscoring the Bulldogs (6-20, 1-12) 26-2 in the paint.

Xavier Pinson’s layup following another Georgia turnover pushed LSU’s lead to 49-29 with 16:27 left. Eric Gaines’ 3-pointer gave the Tigers their biggest lead, 70-42 with 7:07 left.

Eason buried 9 of 15 shots from the floor for the Tigers, who shot 49% overall in notching their third straight win. Darius Days pitched in with 15 points and 12 rebounds for his seventh double-double of the season. Pinson distributed a career-best 10 assists and had four of LSU’s 16 steals on the night. The Tigers came in averaging leading the nation in steals with 11.1 per game.

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Kario Oquendo hit three 3-pointers and scored 26 to pace Georgia. Oquendo accounted for eight of the Bulldogs’ 20 baskets. He was 7 of 7 at the free-throw line.

LSU hits the road to play South Carolina on Saturday. Georgia returns home to host Mississippi on Saturday.

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