LSU whips North Florida 104-52
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Tremont Waters and Duop Reath each scored 15 points as LSU defeated North Florida 104-52 on Friday.
Waters and Reath were a combined 12 of 21 from the field. Waters, who made three 3-pointers, matched his season high in assists with 10. Reath, who made 7 of 12 field-goal attempts, grabbed nine rebounds.
The Tigers (8-3) outscored the Ospreys 34-4 over a 13-minute stretch of the first half. Reath scored 10 of his 15 points during that span. Brandon Sampson, who played for the first time in a month after spraining an ankle, scored five points in the spurt as LSU went ahead 44-15.
Aaron Epps had 13 points and nine rebounds and Daryl Edwards scored 10 for the Tigers, who had not won a game by 50 points in 11 seasons.
Trip Day was the leading scorer for North Florida (5-10) with 11 points. The Ospreys made just 32 percent of their field-goal attempts (19 of 60). North Florida was outscored in the paint 62-16 and outrebounded 50-29.
North Florida: The Ospreys’ problems against power conference teams continued Friday. North Florida has lost all six of its games against power teams by an average of 33.2 points. All six games have been on the road.
LSU: The Tigers put together back-to-back 20-point victories for the first time this season. LSU beat Sam Houston State 80-58 three nights earlier. The Tigers won seven of their eight nonconference home games.
North Florida will visit another Southeastern Conference team when it plays at Mississippi State on Dec. 30.
LSU play its first true road game of the season when it concludes its nonconference schedule at Memphis on Thursday.