BATON ROUGE, La. – Junior transfer Cam Hayes scored a college career high 25 points and the LSU Tigers made 21-of-31 second half field goals to defeat Winthrop, 89-81, Saturday evening at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

The Tigers have now won five straight games and LSU is 10-1 on the season. LSU is now 7-0 this season at the Maravich Center and has won 11 straight home games dating back to last season.

LSU rallied from a 39-38 halftime deficit by scoring 51 points in the second half in a game with nine ties and 17 lead changes. LSU trailed 63-62 with 10:05 to play, but the Tigers outscored Winthrop 27-18 the rest of the way.

Hayes made 8-of-11 field goals in his second start for the Tigers and the NC State transfer made 4-of-6 from the three-point arc and 5-of-6 at the free throw line. He also finished with four assists, one turnover and two steals.

KJ Williams, despite being saddled with foul trouble, had 18 points and six rebounds, while Adam Miller finished with some key second half buckets to post 14 points with three assists. Trae Hannibal off the bench had just four points but had six assists and no turnovers in his 21 minutes.

Winthrop had two players post over 25 points with Cory Hightower hitting seven three-pointers in posting 25 points, while Kelton Talford made 11-of-15 from the field and scored 23 points. Sin’Cere McMahon added 18 points and Kasen Harrison had 11 points.

LSU built a quick nine-point lead, 14-5, four minutes into the game, but Winthrop (5-7) came back to take a four-point, 23-19, advantage with 12 minutes to go in the first half. The teams traded some leads the rest of the way with Winthrop taking the one-point halftime advantage.

After Winthrop took the 63-62 advantage, the Tigers were able to get some stops as Hays got a layup off a turnover, then off an Eagle miss, hit a three-pointer to at that point make it 71-65. Winthrop missed again and KJ Williams got a bucket to advance the lead to 73-65.

Winthrop would cut it back to five at 75-68 and then Miller responded with a deuce and a three-pointer to push to lead to 80-68 with 3:40 to go and the closest Winthrop could get the rest of the way was four points.

The Tigers would shoot 54.7 percent for the game (35-of-64), triggered by the 67.7 percent in the second half. LSU would make 11-of-27 three-pointers (40.7 percent) and 8-of-12 at the free throw line. Winthrop also shot over 50 percent for the game (51.7%, 31-of-60) with 11 made three pointers as well (11-of-26, 42.3%). The Eagles were also 8-of-12 at the free throw line.

LSU closes out the pre-Christmas schedule on Wednesday night against East Tennessee State. While East Tennessee State is 4-8, they have lost their last four games by a combined 10 points. The game will tip at the Maravich Center at 7 p.m. and tickets are available at LSUTix.net.

(LSU Media Press Release)