Watford helps LSU overcome Mississippi 76-73 in SEC quarters

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Trendon Watford scored 24 points, including a key tip with 23 seconds remaining, Cameron Thomas added two late free throws for 18 points and No. 3 seed LSU held off No. 6 Mississippi 76-73 in the final SEC Tournament quarterfinal. The Tigers face second-seeded and No. 8-ranked Arkansas in the semifinal. LSU led 69-63 before the Rebels rallied within a point on Devontae Shuler’s 3-pointer with 1:17 remaining. Darius Days answered with a big 3, followed by Watford’s basket to make it 74-68, which proved critical when Ole Miss’ Jarkel Joiner (26 points) hit a 3. Joiner then fouled Cameron Thomas, who made both free throws to seal the victory.