Men's Basketball Pummels Northeast Louisiana

December 2, 1998

Box Score

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) - Marcus Hicks scored 20 points and Jason Smith added 19 to lead Mississippi to a 95-62 victory over Northeast Louisiana - the Rebels' 25 straight home victory.

The Rebels (5-1) put four starters in double figures and forced the Indians into 31 turnovers. Ole Miss had 14 dunks and nine layups off Northeast Louisiana (0-5) turnovers.

Ole Miss has won 40-of-41 since the middle of the 1995-96 season. The Rebels' last home loss was a 59-46 defeat by Alabama on Jan. 8, 1996.

Northeast Louisiana stayed close for eight minutes and took a 17-16 lead on a 3-point shot from Matt Hogarth. The Indians connected on four 3-point shots in the opening half, including three from reserve guard Jimmy Walton.

But Ole Miss took control of the game after the Indians' early lead.

The Rebels went on a 17-4 run, including three dunks by Rahim Lockhart, to take a 33-21 lead. Northeast Louisiana never got the margin under double-digits again.

Ole Miss led 54-29 at the half.

The Rebels opened the second half with a 10-2 run, highlighted by three dunks, including two from Hicks. Ole Miss continued to pull away, with the biggest lead coming with 2:46 left on two free throws by Jason Flanigan for a 91-55 lead.

Jason Smith scored 19 points for the Rebels. Lockhart had 16 points and Keith Carter added 14 for Ole Miss.

Walton scored 18 points and Wojciech Myrda had 10 for Northeast Louisiana.

 

 

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