Ole Miss Upends No. 23 LSU, 67-57

Jan 18, 2003

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By MARY FOSTER
AP Sports Writer

BATON ROUGE - Aaron Harper supplied the scoring late, and the Mississippi defense was tough all game.

Harper scored 10 of his 16 points in the final eight minutes as Ole Miss beat No. 23 LSU 67-57 on Saturday, snapping the Tigers' 11-game home winning streak.

LSU (12-3, 1-2 Southeastern Conference) made just one field goal over the final 9:52.

"The making of timely baskets is what it is about, and we could not do that today," LSU coach John Brady said. "For 40 minutes, Ole Miss was tougher than we were and we lost."

Ole Miss (10-4, 1-2) was playing for the first time since a 66-64 loss to Tennessee on Jan. 11, their second straight defeat.

"We hadn't won a game since Dec. 31," Mississippi coach Rod Barnes said. "And to us, that's a long time."

Both teams don't give up many points - Mississippi is ranked No. 1 in the SEC in scoring defense, LSU is No. 3 - and each emphasized defense throughout.

Ole Miss shot just 1-for-5 from 3-point range midway through the second half. But they found their touch and hit three 3s down the stretch, including two by Harper, who scored 14 second-half points.

LSU scored at least 80 points in each of its last three games and shot 63 percent in a victory over then-No. 7 Mississippi State a week ago. Against Mississippi, the Tigers shot just 38 percent from the field (20-for-52), including 28 percent in the second half and 1-for-13 on 3-point attempts.

"You cannot shoot 60 percent from the floor or 70 percent and win games against teams that are put together like Ole Miss from a defensive standpoint," Brady said. "If your team is not based on defending and rebounding then you have no chance to win significantly on a consistent basis."


 

 

Mississippi's David Sanders (15) battles for a rebound with Louisiana State's Darrel Mitchell (2).


Ole Miss shot 50 percent (25-for-50).

Justin Reed, who has been slowed by a sore foot and an eye injury that has forced him to wear goggles, had 17 points for Mississippi. Emmanuel Wade scored 16 points and Derrick Allen added 10.

"This win means a lot to us," Reed said. "Our guys have been focused and have given up a lot of things and made sacrifices."

Jaime Lloreda led LSU with 14 points. Ronald Dupree had 12 points and 12 rebounds, and Antonio Hudson added 12 points.

LSU led 35-32 at halftime. The Rebels used a 13-4 run early in the second half to take a 45-38 lead with 14:31 left.

Lloreda kicked off an LSU rally with two baskets and a foul shot, cutting Mississippi's lead to 45-43. A 3-pointer by Dupree gave the Tigers a 46-45 advantage with 12:14 remaining.

The Tigers stretched the lead to 50-45 on baskets by Hudson and Collis Temple III.

Harper sank a 3-pointer and dropped in a layup to tie it at 50 with 7:22 left. Mississippi moved ahead on a basket by Reed and a 3-pointer by Harper for a 55-50 lead at the 5:05 mark.

After Temple's basket with 9:52 left, LSU did not score from the field again until a layup by Temple with 51 seconds remaining. Mississippi outscored LSU 22-7 over the final nine minutes.

The Tigers made 5-of-9 foul shots down the stretch.

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