LSU Basketball: Cameron Thomas excels in Tigers SEC opening win

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LSU Basketball Will Wade Cameron Thomas Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

LSU Basketball demolished Texas A&M 77-54 in their SEC opener at home on Tuesday night, led by another great effort by Cameron Thomas.

Many individuals (including myself) were interested to see how LSU Basketball would fare against their first high-major opponent of the season, and I think it’s fair to say that the Tigers left a lasting impression on all of us against Texas A&M in their SEC opener. As I expected, the Tigers and the Aggies came out of the gate with an abundance of energy, which is why the contest was so tight during the first few minutes.

After Quenton Jackson drained two free throws to cut the Tigers’ lead to 1 (19-18), LSU’s offense began to take off which is the last thing that the Aggies needed to occur. The Tigers drilled three consecutive three-pointers, and quickly extended their lead to 10 with six minutes remaining in the first half.

Quenton Jackson threw down a monstrous windmill jam around a minute later to get the Aggies back within single digits, but the Tigers’ red-hot offense could not be stopped, as they scored eight quick points to obtain a 36-20 lead with 2:22 remaining in the opening half.

Mwani Wilkinson’s made free throw at the end of the half gave the Tigers a 41-27 advantage as both teams entered intermission. Going into the second half, I am sure the Aggies’ main mission was to get their deficit down to single digits as soon as possible, but that mission was never completed at any point during the final 20 minutes of action.

The Aggies were within 11 points of the Tigers with 16:22 to play (46-35, after Quenton Jackson’s converted layup), but the Tigers wasted no time going on a 15-5 run and stretching their lead to 21 (61-40).

After that occurred, well, the Tigers continued to pour in on the Aggies and secured as large as a 26-point advantage in the second half. The Aggies did their best to try and make their loss look less humiliating, but in the end, LSU obliterated Texas A&M 77-54 and earned their first SEC victory of the season.

There was a lot to like about LSU’s dominant win over Texas A&M on Tuesday Night, including Cameron Thomas’ electric offensive outing, and in this article, I want to discuss three things that stood out to me in the Tigers’ convincing 77-54 win over the Aggies.

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