LSU Robs Rebels In Overtime, 78-77

Feb. 28, 2001

Box Score

By MARY FOSTER
AP Sports Writer

BATON ROUGE, La. - Collis Temple III figured it was time for something good to happen to LSU. Then he went out and made sure it did.

Temple scored five points in overtime and rebounded Mississippi's desperation shot at the buzzer to give LSU a 78-77 victory over the 14th-ranked Rebels on Wednesday night.

"When it went into overtime I thought, `Oh, no, here we go again,"' Temple said. "But we've been playing hard and coming close. This time we just wouldn't let it slip away."

The win snapped the Tigers' nine-game losing streak and was only the second in the Southeastern Conference this season for LSU (12-14, 2-13).

The loss spoiled the chance for Mississippi (22-6, 10-5) to lock up the SEC West title and set a school record for victories.

"We were really concerned going into the game because they had nothing to lose," Mississippi coach Rod Barnes said. "When it got late in the game I just felt like they did a great job hanging in there."

Mississippi led 77-69 in overtime on a run fueled by 3-pointers by Jason Holmes and Jason Harrison. LSU cut the lead to 77-74 with 1:34 remaining on a 3-pointer by Temple.

Harrison then turned the ball over and Ronald Dupree scored with 52 seconds left to make it 77-76.

"My mindset was not to give up," Dupree said. "I just knew we could get it done this time and we did."

David Sanders of Mississippi drove to the basket with 20 seconds remaining and was called for charging. Temple then hit a long jumper with 6.4 seconds left, putting LSU up 78-77.

Harrison drove to the basket as time expired, but his shot hit the rim and Temple grabbed the rebound.

"I went in hoping to draw a foul," Harrison said. "That was what we wanted but we didn't get it."

Dupree finished with 22 points, 20 after halftime, while Brian Beshara and Temple each added 16 points.

 

 

Rahim Lockhart had 18 points for Mississippi, while Justin Reed added 17 and Holmes had 13.

The Tigers were 21-of-32 at the free-throw line, while Mississippi was 6-of-8.

LSU was on the verge of becoming the first team in SEC history to finish with the worst record in the conference after winning at least a share of the championship the year before. The worst previous finish by a defending champion was in 1964 when Mississippi State finished 11th in a 12-team race.

Last year the Tigers finished 28-6, won the SEC West, were co-champions of the conference and went to the round of 16 in the NCAA tournament.

"We were down by eight points in overtime and the majority of the second half we had two walk-ons on the floor," LSU coach John Brady said. "It just showed a lot of toughness. We've been around in a lot of games and we've had a lot of reasons not to play, but we keep on keeping on."

Reed scored eight points in an 11-2 run to open the second half as the Rebels took a 50-36 lead four minutes in. Dupree scored all but two of the Tigers' first 17 points of the half and Torris Bright's basket with 9:14 remaining tied the game at 54.

Beshara hit consecutive 3-pointers to five LSU a 66-65 lead with one minute remaining. Lockhart put the Rebels ahead 67-66 with 50 seconds left. Dupree made one free throw to the score at 67 and send the game into overtime.

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