LSU holds off Utah in the dramatic final moments to advance to the Elite 8

LSU holds off Utah in the dramatic final moments to advance to the Elite 8
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LSU guard Alexis Morris hit four free throws in the final 10 seconds, and the Tigers survived a last-second 3-point shot to win a thrilling 66-63 Sweet 16 game over Utah to earn a berth to the Elite Eight of the NCAA tournament Friday in 

LSU (31-2) will play No. 9 seed Miami, which beat Villanova 70-65 on Friday, at 6 p.m. Sunday for a berth in the Final Four in Dallas. It’s LSU’s first trip to the Elite Eight since 2007-08 season.

The No. 3 seed Tigers went back and forth with the No. 2 seed Utes in a game that featured 10 lead changes. Morris rebounded a miss by teammate Angel Reese and was fouled with 10 second left as the Tigers trailed 63-62.

Utah (27-5) had a chance to take the lead back with four seconds left but Jenna Johnson, a 75% free-throw shooter, missed twice. Morris got the loose ball and was fouled with two seconds and made two more to give the Tigers a three-point cushion.

After a flurry of timeouts, Utah inbounded to Dasia Young, whose turnaround 3-pointer from the left wing hit the top of the backboard as the horn sounded.

LSU All-American Angel Reese struggled — despite recording her 31st double-double of 17 points and 12 rebounds before fouling out late in the game — but fellow forward LaDazhia Williams scored a season-high 24 points to keep LSU in the game. Reese’s double-double tied the SEC record for most in a season.

Morris finished with 15 points, seven assists and four rebounds.

Gianna Kneepkens had 20 points and eight rebounds for the Utes, and Alissa Pili had 14 points and five rebounds.

Morris hit a 3-pointer with 3:40 left to cap a 10-0 LSU run to give the Tigers their biggest lead at 60-52. But back came Utah behind Kneepkens, who scored nine points in an 11-0 run to push Utah back in front with less than two minutes to play.

The lead went back and forth in the first half with LSU going up by seven early and Utah having its own seven-point lead later. But the Tigers were in foul trouble on the way to their first-half, season-low of 29 points. Reese picked up her second foul and sat for the final 8:11 of the first half.

Williams also had two fouls but stayed on the floor and kept the Tigers in the game with nine points on 4-of-6 shooting in the half. The second of two layups by Williams gave LSU its last lead of the half at 27-25.

But Utah’s methodical offense produced 14 3-point opportunities, and the Utes hit back-to-back 3s from Kneepkens and Kennady McQueen to lead 33-29 at the break. LSU benefited from the foul trouble of Pili, who sat out the last 5:36 after getting her second foul.

LSU jumped ahead quickly. Morris hit a jumper for a 13-6 lead before the Tigers went 5:30 without scoring while missing seven consecutive shots. LSU struggled to get the ball inside to Reese, who took only three shots in the quarter. That allowed Utah to finish the quarter on a 10-3 run and tie the game at 16-16.

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