The future is bright for LSU basketball with freshman point guard Tremont Waters guiding the Tigers, but the present remains a time for growth as the Tigers fell to Marquette 94-84 in the third-place game of the Maui Invitational.
Waters put forth an extraordinary effort in the fifth game of his college career, leading all scorers with 39 points on 13 of 22 shooting from the field, including 5 of 11 from 3-point range. It wasn’t just a tremendous performance by Waters, but a tremendous bounce-back from the first poor game of his career.
Waters was limited to 8 points and 3 turnovers on 2 of 7 shooting in a 92-53 loss to Notre Dame before responding with his career-best showing less than 24 hours later. It’s beginning to feel like “career-best showing” will be a phrase that turns up in future stories about Waters.
Other SEC Country observations from LSU’s loss to the Golden Eagles:
The Tigers need to get better defending the 3
Teams are going to try to exploit LSU from downtown until the Tigers can find a way to stop them from doing so. Marquette drained 11 of 24 shots from 3-point range, becoming the third team in the last four games to make at least 10 3-pointers against the Tigers.
Someone still needs to step up for Brandon Sampson
Guard Brandon Sampson is out for the next 3-4 weeks with a high ankle sprain, and the challenge is on for Will Wade to find a player who can replace the production of his No. 2 scorer. Duop Reath should be that guy, but foul trouble limited the center to just 10 minutes against the Golden Eagles.
Southern Utah transfer Randy Onwuasor showed the closest flash of potentially becoming that guy. He was the only other LSU player in double figures with 11 points.
LSU-Marquette box score
What’s next for LSU?
The Tigers (3-2) have a week off before hosting Tennessee-Martin at 7 p.m. CT on Nov. 29 at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.