No. 10 Texas A&M beats LSU for 9th win in a row

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Jalen Jones scored 20 points and freshman Tyler Davis tied a season-high with 18 to lead the No. 10 Texas A&M to a 71-57 victory over LSU on Tuesday night, extending their winning streak to nine games.

The win improves the Aggies (16-2) to 6-0 in Southeastern Conference play, which is their best start to league play since they won their first seven in 1993-94 when they were in the Southwest Conference.

The lead changed several times throughout the first half and the early part of the second half and it was tied at 44-44 with about 15 minutes left.

The Aggies took over, using a 16-3 run to make it 60-47 with about 9 minutes remaining. Alex Caruso scored four points in that span and he was under heavy pressure from Ben Simmons when he passed to Jones, who finished with a two-handed dunk to highlight the run.

Tim Quarterman had 12 points for LSU (11-7, 4-2).

Simmons, LSU’s freshman star, entered the game averaging 20 points but was held to 10 points with 11 rebounds and Craig Victor added 10 points while dealing with foul trouble most of the game.

The Aggies haven’t lost since Dec. 5, and their winning streak is their longest since the team won 13 straight from Nov. 26, 2010 to Jan. 15, 2011.

LSU had three turnovers and went more than 5 minutes between field goals as A&M built the lead. Simmons made a layup with about 13 minutes left and the next basket for LSU didn’t come until Quarterman’s layup with less than 8 minutes left made it 60-50.

But the Tigers couldn’t build on that and A&M used a 6-2 spurt after that to push the lead to 66-52 with 4 1/2 minutes remaining.

LSU led by two points after a 3-pointer by Antonio Blakeney with about 6 minutes left in the first half before A&M scored the next eight points to take a 38-32 lead.

Simmons added two free throws a few seconds later and neither team scored for the rest of the half to leave the Aggies up 38-34.

TIP-INS

LSU: Keith Hornsby added eight points and four rebounds. … The Tigers made seven of 10 free throws. … LSU was outscored 16-5 on second-chance points.

Texas A&M: The crowd of 13,888 was the biggest in Reed Arena history, outdoing the mark of 13,717 set in 2010 against Texas. … The Aggies got 42 points in the paint, led by the performance of Davis. … Danuel House had 10 rebounds.

UP NEXT

LSU: Visits Alabama on Saturday.

Texas A&M: Hosts Missouri on Saturday.