The Furman Paladins moved into the AP Top 25 for the first time thanks to their perfect 12-game run but couldn’t extend the streak in their first game against a Power Five opponent.

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Tremont Waters had 20 points and seven assists, and LSU ended No. 24 Furman’s dream start to the season with a 75-57 victory on Friday night.

Waters, who came off the bench for the second straight game, scored eight points over the final six minutes as LSU closed out the game with a 14-4 run.

Skylar Mays scored 16 points on 7-of-10 shooting, Kavell Bigby-Williams had 10 points and 10 rebounds and Naz Reid had nine points and 10 rebounds for the Tigers (9-3).

The game was a closer for the entire first half, then LSU took control of the game in the first four minutes of the second half, when they went on a 12-3 run to go ahead 43-30. Mays, Bigby-Williams and Reid combined for all 12 points. Furman got no closer than five points the rest of the game.

“This was a good win,” LSU coach Will Wade said. “We did a good job on the backboards and we did a good job contesting their 3s. We only turned it over three times in the second half and that’s where we were able to get our separation. I’m proud of how we played.”

“It feels really good beating a Top-25 team,” Waters said. “For my team, I don’t mind coming off the bench. Obviously, no one wants to come off the bench, but that’s what I have to do. Coach (Wade) said my time will come back around and I will get back in the starting lineup.”

Andrew Brown scored 15 points to lead the Paladins (12-1), whose season-opening run included road wins over defending national champion Villanova and Loyola-Chicago, which made the Final Four last season.

Jordan Lyons had 13 points and Alex Hunter had 12 for Furman. The Paladins made just 38 percent of their field-goal attempts (21 of 56) and were out-rebounded 40-22.

Size matter and LSU had the size.

After losing to Top 25 teams Florida State and Houston earlier this season, the Tigers came away with an impressive victory.

UP NEXT

Furman: The Paladins play their last non-conference game of the season at East Tennessee State on Dec. 29.

LSU: The Tigers will complete their non-conference schedule with a home game against Louisiana-Monroe next Friday.

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