Smart leads LSU past Sam Houston State without coach Wade

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Ja’Vonte Smart had 25 points, six rebounds, five assists and three steals, and shorthanded LSU beat Sam Houston State 88-66 without coach Will Wade after he tested positive for COVID-19. Hours before the game, LSU announced Wade would not be available because of contact tracing issues. Wade said during a Zoom press conference after the game that he tested positive. Associate head coach Bill Armstrong led the Tigers — without assistant coaches Tasmin Mitchell and Kevin Nickelberry. Freshman Cameron Thomas scored 19 points for LSU. Demarkus Lampley scored 16 points for Sam Houston State.

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