MADRID, Spain (WAFB) - LSU came up just short against the Dominican Republic national team Thursday in the first game of its exhibition tour in Spain.
The Tigers rallied from 10 down in the third quarter and took the lead before losing 92-88.
Sophomore forward Emmitt Williams led LSU with 28 points. Freshman forward Trendon Watford had 18 points. Guards Skylar Mays and Javonte Smart each chipped in 12.
“Emmitt, I thought, played really well; I’m really proud of him,” said head coach Will Wade. “I thought we got off to a great start and then their physicality just wore us down as the game went on. They are just older and bigger. We just wore down as the game went on. It was kind of what we did last year. We hung around, hung around and we made a game of it but we get out of the way and don’t take a charge late in the game and they take a charge late in the game. Those are the details that we really took care of in the past, but we didn’t take care of today.”
Williams also had nine rebounds.
LSU will play again Saturday in Valencia.