Ole Miss 60

(11-9, 2-5 SEC)

LSU 70

(10-6, 3-2 SEC)

    8:00 PM ET, January 26, 2005

    Pete Maravich Assembly Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

    1 2 T
    MISS 36 2460
    LSU 34 3670

    Top Performers

    Ole Miss: T. Eddie 15 Pts, 6 Reb, 2 Ast

    LSU: G. Davis 13 Pts, 10 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

    LSU 70, Mississippi 60

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- Brandon Bass struggled in the first half and so did LSU.

    Bass took only two first-half shots and scored only one point. He finished with 14 points, including eight in the final 3:40, 11 rebounds and five blocks, as LSU beat Mississippi 70-60 Wednesday night.

    "I was a little frustrated in the first half, but I know there are going to be games like that where you get frustrated," Bass said. "I just challenged myself to pick it up and know how to handle the situation."

    LSU (10-6, 3-2 Southeastern), coming off its worst loss in three years -- 89-58 at Kentucky, hit its stride again at home. The Tigers are 10-1 at home this season, 0-4 on the road and have lost five straight Southeastern Conference road games.

    Glen Davis also had his fifth double-double, scoring 13 points for LSU and taking 10 rebounds. Darrell Mitchell scored 16 points, Tack Minor had 12 and Antonio Hudson scored 10.

    Tommie Eddie led Ole Miss with 15 points and Londrick Nolen had 12 before fouling out with four minutes left. Kendrick Fox also fouled out for Mississippi. The Rebels had 22 fouls to LSU's 11.

    "We defended well, especially in the second half, without fouling," LSU coach John Brady said. "When we got them in foul trouble and started making our foul shots, I think that made the difference."

    LSU made 23 of 30 free throws.

    "Since I've been here this is the best free-throw shooting team I've been on," said Mitchell, a junior.

    Ole Miss (11-9, 2-5), opened the second half with a 13-6 run to take a 10 point lead, 50-40, three minuets into the half.

    It was an ugly game with both teams rolling on the floor, staggering out of bounds and missing shots. At one point in the second half LSU went scoreless for almost three minutes, the Rebels didn't sink a basket for nine minutes.

    "It was very difficult for us down the stretch," said Mississippi coach Rod Barnes. "We just didn't make baskets off of some good opportunities and some good looks."

    Brandon Patterson made a basket with 11:53 left and Ole Miss got another two points at the 10:44 mark when Bass was called for goal tending on Todd Abernethy's shot. That gave the Rebels a 55-46 lead. But Mississippi did not score again until Patterson's 3-pointer with 2:50 remaining. By that time LSU had used a 13-0 run to take the lead. Patterson cut it to 60-58.

    "We just gutted it out and said they are not going to score on us," Davis said. "That's good team play when that happens."

    The Rebels made only two free throws down the stretch, and only 4-of-5 for the game.

    Ole Miss shot 46.9 percent in the first half, 31 percent in the second. The Tigers made 52 percent in the first half, 36 percent in the second.

    "We had good looks, but we just didn't knock them down," Eddie said.

    LSU outscored Mississippi 30-18 in the paint.

    Mississippi, which had only two turnovers against Alabama, had 17 against LSU.

    The Rebels had outrebounded opponents in seven of the last 13 games, but LSU outrebounded them 38-33.

    Ole Miss rallied late in the first half to take a 36-34 lead at the break.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 60 70
    FG Made-Attempted 24-61 (.393) 22-50 (.440)
    3P Made-Attempted 8-22 (.364) 3-13 (.231)
    FT Made-Attempted 4-5 (.800) 23-30 (.767)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 22 (0/0) 10 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 10 10

    2004-05 Season

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