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AP Through an inconsistent season, Florida coach Mike White has been searching for his team to make winning plays down the stretch.
LSU remained with the lead down the stretch in regulation, up with to play on a tip-in by Waters. Jalen Hudson's dunk with 29 seconds left put the Gators within one at Florida fouled Mays, an 86 percent free throw shooter, with Out of a timeout, the Gators found Hudson for a three-pointer and a lead.
The ball ended up in Waters hands as LSU elected to play on and he drove for the bucket and scored with 0.
In the overtime, Smart's jumper and a three-pointer by Waters on back-to-back possession gave the Tigers the advantage with just 59 seconds off the five minute extra session. Hudson would score to make it Andrew Nembhard had a bucket and Kevarrius Hayes at two free throws to make it in favor of the Tigers with still to play.
The teams each missed scoring opportunities twice on both ends before Mays got the defensive rebound off a missed shot with 38 seconds to play. LSU came down, but Mays missed a contested layup giving Florida the ball with 17 seconds left.
The Gators elected to call timeout with eight seconds remaining.
But out of the timeout, the Tigers had their defense in good shape and the Gators were not able to get a shot off before the final horn, sending Florida to its second straight home defeat and allow LSU to avenge the Gators win in overtime in Baton Rouge.
Waters led LSU with 19 points, six assists and three steals field goals, two treys , while.