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