COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Charles Carmouche had 20 points and five assists to lead LSU to a 68-57 win over Texas A&M on Wednesday night.
The Aggies never led in the second half, but cut the lead to three points with about 6 ½ minutes left. That's when the Tigers used a 12-2 spurt to make it 66-53 with less than 2 minutes to go. Carmouche, who had 20 points for the fourth straight game, scored the last six points of that run for LSU (18-10, 9-8 Southeastern Conference) to secure the victory.
It's the first time since Dec. 2009 that an LSU player recorded at least 20 points in three or more games in a row.
Senior Ray Turner led Texas A&M (17-13, 7-10) in his last home game with 16 points and tied his season high with 13 rebounds. Fellow senior Elston Turner, who entered the game averaging a team-leading 18 points, added 11 points for the Aggies.
Elston Turner injured his left wrist and pinkie finger with about 8 ½ minutes remaining. He left the game for a short time before returning, but it was obvious that he was injured when he returned. Turner scored just two points after halftime.
A big run by LSU had Texas A&M trailing by 14 points midway through the second half. The Aggies then put together a 12-2 run to cut the lead to 51-47 with about 8 minutes remaining. Fabyon Harris had a pair of 3-pointers in the run and Ray Turner ended it with a 3-point play on an off-balance hook shot.
The Tigers were up by two early in the second half before using a 16-4 run to extend the lead to 49-35 with about 11 ½ minutes remaining.
Andre Stringer and Carmouche both had a 3-pointer for LSU to power that spurt, and Carmouche capped it with a dunk. The Aggies had five turnovers and missed seven shots, including six layups as LSU built the lead.
The Tigers, which lead the SEC in steals per game, swiped it from the Aggies eight times as part of 18 A&M turnovers which led to 14 points for LSU.
It's the second win over Texas A&M this season for the Tigers, after LSU got a 58-54 victory at home in January.
Johnny O'Bryant finished with 11 points and 10 rebounds for the Tigers, his 13th double-double this season, and Stringer added 10 points and three assists.
Harris scored 12 points for the Aggies and Alex Caruso had 10 points and five rebounds.