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.
More AP college basketball: http://apnews.com/hub/college-basketball and http://www.twitter.com/AP--Top25
Leonard Hamilton agrees to five-year extension at Florida State
Florida State has announced a five-year contract extension for Leonard Hamilton that will keep the coach with the Seminoles through the 2024-25 season.
Will Brown out as Albany men's college basketball coach after 20 years
Will Brown is out as Albany's men's basketball coach after 20 years, saying the mutual agreement to part ways was "extraordinarily difficult."
Louisville Cardinals basketball player Malik Williams out 4-6 weeks after reinjuring foot
Louisville forward/center Malik Williams will miss four to six weeks after reinjuring his right foot in just his third game after returning from nearly a year away because of injury.
|Sam Houston State||11-2||0.5||17-7|
|Stephen F. Austin||10-2||1||14-4|