ATLANTA (AP)Justice Hill scored the winning basket with 2 seconds left, KJ Williams had 35 points, and LSU defeated Wake Forest 72-70 on Saturday as part of the Holiday Hoopsgiving quadrupleheader.
After LSU called timeout with 15 seconds left in a tie game, Hill took the ball above the 3-point arc, made a spin move and got to the middle of the lane for the winning layup.
Hill’s bucket, only his second of the game, capped a come-from-behind LSU win in which Williams scored 23 second-half points, making 5-of-6 3-pointers. He made 7-of-9 3-pointers for the game and added nine rebounds.
Wake Forest scored seven of the first 10 points in the second half, building a 47-36 lead. Williams scored LSU’s next eight points, then Cam Hayes hit a 3-pointer to tie it at 47 with 16:40 remaining. Neither team led by more than five points the remainder of the game and the score was tied at 70 after Wake Forest’s Tyree Appleby made one of two free throws with 1:02 remaining.
Both teams worked the clock on their next possessions – Williams missing in the lane for LSU and Damari Monsanto missing a 3-pointer for the Demon Deacons. LSU got possession after Monsanto’s miss, then called timeout to set up Hill’s winning drive to the hoop.
Appleby had 26 points and six assists for Wake Forest (7-3). He made 9 of 11 from the field. Matthew Marsh had 13 points and 11 rebounds off the bench and Cameron Hildreth added 12 points, eight rebounds and four assists.
Hayes had 13 points, six assists and five rebounds off the bench for LSU (8-1). Derek Fountain added 11 points five rebounds and four steals.
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