100 YEARS FLASHBACK: Ole Miss - LSU 1989
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The greatest one-on-one duel in SEC history was provided by Ole Miss' Gerald Glass and LSU's Chris Jackson in an overtime thriller in Oxford. The following is the Clarion-Ledger and Jackson Daily News account of March 4, 1989.
Rebels Win 113-112 Shootout
By Mike Knobler
OXFORDTwenty-three-year old Tad Smith Coliseum had never seen anything like it.
Forward Gerald Glass scored 53. Guard Chris Jackson scored 55. Ole Miss scored a 113-112 overtime win over LSU Saturday night.
And a sellout crowd of 8,580 screamed its collective lungs out. They were on their feet, madly waving pom-pons as the Rebels took a curtain call.
Glass equaled the fourth-highest point total in Ole Miss history. Jackson, of Gulfport, broke his own NCAA freshman scoring record.
But Glass hit the game-winning free throw with 9 seconds left, and Jackson missed 3-pointers at the end of regulation and overtime that would have won it for LSU.
“Looking back on it I wish I had a ticket and was looking at it from the stands,” said Rebel coach Ed Murphy. “If you don’t appreciate Glass and Jackson from a basketball standpoint, you are legally dead.”
“That’s the best I’ve seen two guys play,” said LSU’s Dale Brown, who has been coaching basketball for 32 years.
Only Johnny Neumann scored as many in a game for Ole Miss. Only Pete Maravich and Bob Pettit scored as many for LSU. No visitor had ever scored 55 in Tad Smith Coliseum.
It was the first time in the 55-year history of Southeastern Conference play that two players scored 50 points.
Jackson hit 19 of 36 shots; Glass 20 of 36. Glass also had 14 rebounds.
“I’ve never been involved in nothing like that,” said Glass, whose previous Rebel high was 38 points. “It was an amazing game. I’d like to see the film.”
Jackson refused to comment.
With LSU leading 110-107, Glass hit a follow shot. Jackson answered with two free throws. Glass came back with a 3-pointer to tie the game 112-112 with 1:06 left.
“He hit one and we had a guy in his face,” said LSU assistant coach Ron Abernathy. “I looked at Coach (Dale Brown), and I just shook my head. He’s just like Chris. Sometimes, no matter what you do, you just can’t stop em.”
But Jackson was stopped. He missed a 3-pointer with 50 seconds left, and the Rebels ran the clock down before giving the ball to Glass. Dennis Tracey fouled him on a 14-footer, and after a timeout, Glass hit the first free throw but missed the second.
Jackson’s off-balance 20-footer bounced off the back of the rim just before the buzzer, and the Rebel celebration began.
Milton and Rosie Glass came out on the court and hugged their son.
“I told him I love him,” Milton said. “That’s all I could think of. I also told him he was No. 1 in my book.”
The game would have ended in regulation if it hadn’t been for Jackson, who helped his team come back from a 14-point deficit to force overtime. He scored seven points in the final 25 seconds.
Jackson hit two 3-pointers in that stretch, the second on a four-point play that tied the game with 17 seconds left. Glass missed the front end on a one-and-one 5 seconds later, and the Tigers had a chance to win it.
Jackson missed a 3-pointer, and Wayne Sims barely beat the buzzer with his follow-up. The ball bounced twice on the rim.
“I was pushing it out with my eyes, but I couldn’t do anything about it,” Glass said. “Luckily, it fell out.”
Ole Miss finished the regular season 14-13 overall, 8-10 in the SEC. The Rebels play Auburn Thursday in the first round of the SEC Tournament.
“I believe if we can beat Auburn we deserve to go to the NIT,” Murphy said. “If I were the NIT I’d do everything I could to get Gerald in.”
LSU, 20-10 and 11-7, will be seeded fourth in the SEC Tournament and plays No. 5 Tennessee Friday.
LSU drubbed Ole Miss 105-75 Feb. 1 at Baton Rouge, but Murphy said Saturday’s margin was good enough for him.
“They’re the team that beat Georgetown. They’re the team that beat (Nevada-Las) Vegas,” Murphy said, “so I’ll take a one-point win.”
Five Rebel players scored in double figures, including forward Greg Turner with a career-high 17 on 6 of 8 shooting.
Jackson set the NCAA freshman season scoring record with 895 points, 41 more than the old mark set by Austin Peay’s Fly Williams in 1973.
Glass, the SEC’s second-leading scorer, said it wasn’t a one-on-one battle with Jackson, who leads the league.
“You’ve got to go out there and just try to keep your team in the game,” Glass said. “He’s going to jack up the 3s. You’re aware of what he’s doing, but you’re just trying to do what you can to help your team.”
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