Perkins, Goodwin carry SLU to 85-81 victory over LSU

Javonte Perkins (pictured in a game last season) scored 32 points in the Billikens' win over LSU.
Bill Barrett/Courtesy Saint Louis Athletics

SAINT LOUIS — Javonte Perkins scored 32 points — 26 in the second half — and Jordan Goodwin posted his 25th career double-double as Saint Louis beat LSU 85-81 on Saturday.

LSU’s Cameron Thomas buried a 3-pointer with 1:59 left and added a layup with 47 seconds to go to pull LSU within 80-79.

Saint Louis’ Gibson Jimerson missed his 3 attempt seven seconds later, but Goodwin’s 11th and final rebound of the game proved valuable. Ja’Vonte Smart of LSU fouled Perkins on a 3 attempt and Perkins made all three shots with 17 seconds left for an 83-79 lead.

Perkins finished a point shy of his career-high point total. He was 8-of-11 shooting, including 4 of 5 from 3-point range, after intermission. He was 2 of 7 before the break and missed all three attempts behind the arc.

Jimerson finished with 16 points with four 3s and Demarius Jacobs scored 13 for the Billikens (2-0). Saint Louis was without Fred Thatch Jr. due to a sprained knee, and Hasahn French is in concussion protocol.

Thomas led the Tigers (1-1) with 25 points and Trendon Watford scored 24.