The Florida Gators put up a heck of a fight, but it was the No. 10 LSU Tigers who held on in overtime to earn the 79-78 victory on Wednesday night.
The game was tightly contested throughout, as the Tigers were looking to avoid yet another loss to the Gators this season in emphatic fashion. However, Florida showed up to fight, with their bubble berth firmly on the line.
With a little under two minutes remaining in regulation, LSU's Tremont Waters nailed a two-point jumper to give the Tigers a 70-67 lead. Florida answered, thanks to a slam dunk from Jalen Hudson. Things would only get more interesting, as a Florida rebound from the charity stripe set up a clutch three-pointer from Hudson.
LSU wouldn't go down without a fight, as Waters would successfully make a layup to tie things at 72, sending the game into overtime.
Tremont Waters, off his minutes restriction, comes up with 19 points and 6 assists, including this coast-to-coast, game-tying layup to force overtime. Waters also had 3 steals and was +6 in 35 minutes. pic.twitter.com/jhFyj45iCD— Cody Worsham (@CodyWorsham) March 7, 2019
The Tigers would carry the momentum into extra time, as they scored five consecutive points in the opening minutes, coming from a Javontae Smart jumper and a three-pointer from Waters. Leading 79-74, the Gators would keep things close, as an Andrew Nembhard layup and two Kevarrius Hayes free throws pulled them within one.
However, it was all for naught, as the score would remain the same, as the Gators couldn't pull out the win, despite having the final possession of OT.
Waters' performance was truly spectacular, as he scored 19 points and dished out six assists to keep the Tigers in the top 10 of the national rankings.
As for Florida? The SEC Tournament is now absolutely essential.