It’s the first postseason win of the Will Wade era.

The No. 3 seeded Tigers narrowly defeated in-state rival and No. 6 seed UL-Lafayette, 84-76, in the opening round of the NIT.

The Tigers were led by senior forward Duop Reath, who notched a game-high 26 points. LSU also got quality production from junior guard Brandon Sampson, who added 18 of his own.

“It was an emotionally charged environment,” said Wade. “Since they don’t get to play us very often, I thought they should get to sit there and enjoy playing us,” said an angry Wade again, referring to a shot that UL-Lafeyette head coach Bob Marlin said earlier in the week.

With the win, LSU advances to the second round of the NIT and will face the winner of Utah and UC Davis. The date, time and television provider for the second game is still to be determined.

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