BLOG — Marshall Henderson returned from a two-game suspension to score 25 points, Sebastian Saiz had a career-high 20 points to go with nine rebounds, Jarvis Summers added 20 points, and Ole Miss outscored LSU 19-5 in overtime to notch an 88-74 win over the Tigers at C.M. “Tad” Smith Coliseum Wednesday night.
In a scene that’s become increasingly familiar for Ole Miss this season, the Rebels (11-5 overall, 2-1 in Southeastern Conference) played a nip-and-tuck affair into the final seconds with LSU (10-5, 1-2) holding the ball for one last shot at a win in regulation. Mercer and Dayton each hit shots to beat the Rebels while Oregon sent Dec. 8′s game to overtime with a buzzer beater, but LSU’s last look at the basket produced nothing as Anthony Hickey’s jumper rimmed out as time expired to send the game to overtime tied at 69.
Ole Miss dominated the extra period, scoring the first 11 points in overtime before Shavon Coleman ended the Rebels’ run with a 3-pointer. Henderson’s 3 following an offensive rebound with 2:54 left in overtime gave Ole Miss its largest lead at the time at 76-69. Henderson, who went 7-for-16 from the field and 6-for-12 from beyond the arc after sitting out against Auburn and Mississippi State as part of a suspension handed down in the preseason, scored 19 of his points after halftime.
The Rebels kept the SEC’s fourth-highest scoring offense at bay by zoning the Tigers for a majority of the night, squeezing down on forwards Johnny O’Bryant III and Jordan Mickey. LSU’s guards took advantage, particularly Andre Stringer, who came off the bench to score a team-high 23 points on 7 of 10 shooting, but the Rebels rendered O’Bryant and Mickey, who came into the game combining for more than 28 points and 14 rebounds a game, mostly ineffective
O’Bryant finished with six points and five rebounds while Mickey mustered just two points, and despite entering the contest last in the SEC in rebounding margin (-2.7), Ole Miss won the battle of the boards for the second straight game, 49-41. Aaron Jones grabbed a team-high 13 rebounds for the Rebels while Saiz tallied at least seven rebounds for the fifth time in six games, turning in one of the best all-around performances of any Rebel post player this season.
“Obviously Marshall’s back and makes 25 points, and he’s obviously involved in a lot of plays both good and bad, but the difference in the game was we finally got a post guy to finish some at the basket,” Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy said. “We won the battle of the glass against a team that was in the tops of our league in rebounding margin. Kept some balls alive and turned them over. I thought it was overall a pretty solid performance out of our guys.”
It all allowed the Rebels to stay within striking distance. Stringer connected on his first three 3-pointers of the second half to help LSU erase a 35-32 halftime deficit. The Tigers went up by as many as six before Ole Miss cut the deficit to 69-65 with 1:25 left in regulation. A layup from Jones and a jumper from Summers on back-to-back possessions drew Ole Miss even with 32 seconds left, forcing overtime.
Ole Miss shot 43.1 percent for the game while LSU made 36.9 percent of its shots.
See Thursday’s edition of the EAGLE for complete coverage from tonight’s game. (January 16, 2014)