MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Tremont Waters had 18 points and eight assists and Skylar Mays added 14 points as LSU used a torrid second-half shooting display to defeat Memphis 71-61 on Thursday night.
LSU (9-3) shot 52 percent in the second half, including 6 of 11 from beyond the arc to build a double-digit lead after the teams were tied at halftime.
The win was LSU's third straight and sixth in the last seven.
Brandon Sampson added 12 points for LSU.
Memphis (9-4), which lost for the first time at home this season, was led by the 17 points and 11 rebounds of Kyvon Davenport.
Jeremiah Martin scored 13 points, while Jimario Rivers, who missed two games with a concussion, added 10 points.
LSU was shooting above 60 percent with less than 4 minutes left, and connected on six of its first nine from outside the arc in the second half.
LSU used a 12-0 run early in the second half to take a 52-43 lead with 12:39 left.
The rally was fueled by four 3-pointers, three of them by Mays.
The LSU lead eventually reached 11.
Memphis shot well early and was still at about 50 percent to take a first-half lead. But a shooting slump down the stretch led to missing eight of nine shots, including six straight.
That allowed LSU to take its first lead at 34-33 with just under 3 minutes left in the first half.
The teams had nine ties in the half, including 36-36 at intermission.
LSU: The big run early in the second half, when LSU used 3-point shooting to build its lead to double digits, was the difference. Memphis would never recover. LSU won its first road game of the season to close out its early-season non-conference schedule.
MEMPHIS: The shooting slump late in the first half allowed LSU to get back in the game, and Memphis seemed to have little answer in stopping the visitors during the 12-0 run that built LSU's second-half advantage. Memphis never recovered from the rally the rest of the way.
LSU: Hosts Kentucky to open Southeastern Conference play on Wednesday.
Memphis: Plays a New Year's Eve game in Cincinnati against the Bearcats.