BATON ROUGE, La. -- — Ja’Vonte Smart had 25 points, six rebounds, five assists and three steals, and shorthanded LSU beat Sam Houston State 88-66 on Monday without coach Will Wade after he tested positive for COVID-19.
Hours before the game, LSU announced Wade would not be available because of contact tracing issues. Wade said during a Zoom press conference after the game that he tested positive while in quarantine last week.
Associate head coach Bill Armstrong led the Tigers — without assistant coaches Tasmin Mitchell and Kevin Nickelberry. LSU was also without Trendon Watford, averaging 18.8 points and 6.3 rebounds, and Shareef O’Neal.
LSU led 50-42 before making a 3-pointer on three possessions — with two from Thomas and another by Smart — for a 14-point advantage.
Demarkus Lampley scored 16 points and Zach Nutall added 13 for San Houston State (3-4). Nutall, who entered averaging 25.5 points per game, was held to 3-of 12 shooting. The Bearkats had scored at least 100 points in their last three games — against Dallas Christian, Howard Payne and Le Tourneau.
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