BLOG — Ole Miss’ second meeting with LSU was much like the first in Baton Rouge, La., other than it was the Rebels who posted a one-sided victory instead of the Tigers.The Rebels ended a three-game losing streak Saturday afternoon at C.M. “Tad” Smith Coliseum with the 24-point win over LSU, which beat Ole Miss 81-55 in the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams on Jan. 7. Ole Miss (16-12 overall, 6-8 SEC) got off to a hot start and never looked back in its second to last home game of the regular season.
Terrance Henry, who became the 33rd Rebel to eclipse the 1,000-point plateau in his career, scored 13 points in a 34-point first half for Ole Miss, while Nick Williams added 12 of his 18 points in the first half. Henry, who led all scorers with 21 points, said following the game that Saturday’s win showed that the team still had some fight left after some thought they had packed it in after Wednesday’s loss to Tennessee.
Besides a better shooting performance — Ole Miss was 23-for-49 from the floor and 22-for-34 from the free-throw line — the Rebels played much better on defense. They held LSU’s leading scorer, Justin Hamilton, to just two points and six rebounds in 28 minutes of action. Hamilton scored 23 and had 16 rebounds against Ole Miss in the opener.
For more on the Rebels’ win over LSU, see Monday’s Sports section. (February 25, 2012)