BATON ROUGE, LA (AP) – Adam Miller scored 18 points, KJ Williams had 14 rebounds with 13 points and LSU opened their season with a Wednesday night win to give Matt McMahon a 74-63 win in his debut as head coach of the Tigers.
Justice Hill had 13 points and seven assists for the Tigers.
McMahon came from Murray State, bringing players Hill, Williams and Trae Hannibal with him, and lured back Miller, Mwani Wilkinson and Justice Williams – who had joined the transfer portal – while rebuilding a roster that at one point after he was gone contracted did not have scholarship players.
Kansas City’s new head coach Marvin Menzies is still looking for his first win with the Roos (0-2) after they lost to Division II Lincoln (Mo.) in their opener.
Senior guard Shemarri Allen scored 19 points and UIC transfer RayQuawndis Mitchell added 15 points to lead Kansas City, which has three transfers and 11 rookies on its roster. The Roos were 4 out of 25 from the arc.
Wilkinson hit a 3-pointer to open the game and LSU led the rest of the way, although they didn’t have a double-digit lead until the start of the second half after a 3-pointer from Miller. A 7-0 spurt brought the Roos back in nine minutes at halftime and they were at five to five and a half minutes left. But Derek Fountain made a couple of free throws and added a dunk and Hill added two more free throws and a bucket to secure the win.
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