LSU Downs Ole Miss Hoops, Cotton Bowl Champs Honored
OXFORD, Miss. (AP) - Freshman Terrico White notched a career high for the second consecutive game with 22 points, but Ole Miss dropped an 83-51 decision to the visiting LSU TIgers Saturday afternoon at Tad Smith Coliseum.
The Cotton Bowl champion Ole Miss football team was honored at halftime, as Houston Nutt's Rebels received their winning trophy, and Marshay Green and Dexter McCluster were given their MVP awards.
LSU forward Tasmin Mitchell knew his Tigers were overdue to win a road game, but when it happened Saturday, he acknowledged his surprise.
"I knew we were going to break through at some point," said Mitchell. "What surprised me was how it happened. I didn't expect anything like this."
The Tigers (14-3, 2-1), winless in three previous road efforts, handed Ole Miss its worst home loss since a 97-53 whipping in 2000. That LSU team went on to win the Southeastern Conference Western Division and advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.
Mitchell scored 17 points, as the Tigers placed four players in double figures. Garrett Temple scored 14 points, Marcus Thornton added 13 and Bo Spencer had 12 to pace a balanced offensive attack.
LSU led 12-0 after the opening three minutes, forcing Ole Miss into five turnovers in their six possessions. Three minutes later, the Tigers were up 19-2 and led 41-18 at halftime. The lead swelled to 37 points, 73-36 on a Chris Johnson dunk with 6:08 left.
"Obviously, we played extremely well and I don't know if we can play a better first half," LSU coach Trent Johnson said. "We've been frustrated by how we've played on the road and this is good for us."
The Tigers finished 33-of-68, 49 percent, from the field and dominated the rebounding battle 46-33. LSU was efficient, turning the ball over a season-low five times.
"Our intensity level was really good and we just kept on coming and kept on coming," Mitchell said. "Ole Miss is better than what this score showed. It was one of those nights when one team got it going and couldn't be stopped and today that was us."
David Huertas, who leads the Rebels (10-7, 1-2) offensively at 19 points per game, was limited to a season-low four points on 2-of-12 shooting. As a team, Ole Miss was 22-of-62, 36 percent.
"We saw the LSU team that's picked to win the Western Division," Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy said. "They came out and hit us in the mouth and we never got off the mat and fought. They were just tremendous."
Johnson was more cautious in his evaluation, "It's good, but it only counts as one game. It's one game. We're glad to get it, but it means one game and that's the approach that good teams and good players have to take."
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