Streak screeches to a halt

Ole Miss is in control from beginning to end and hammers LSU 72-48 to snap a four-game run.

OXFORD, Miss. – Terrance Henry scored 21 points, Nick Williams added 18 and Ole Miss snapped a three-game losing by beating LSU 72-48 on Saturday.

Henry, a 6-foot-9 senior, became the 33rd player in Rebels' history to score 1,000 career points. He had one of his better games this season, making 7-of-12 shots from the field.

Ole Miss (16-12, 6-8 SEC) never trailed, leading 34-24 at halftime before pulling away in the second half.

It was a crushing loss for LSU (17-11, 7-7), which had played its way into the NCAA Tournament conversation with a four-game winning streak. But the Tigers had a terrible offensive game, shooting just 31% (18 of 58) from the field.

Storm Warren led LSU with 13 points. Andre Stringer added 10 while Johnny O'Bryant had 9 points and 11 rebounds.

The game was a stark contrast to the first meeting between the two teams on Jan. 7, when LSU drilled the Rebels 81-55 in Baton Rouge.

Terrance Henry

Ole Miss took the lead immediately on Henry's pull-up 3-pointer and never let up.

Henry had 13 first-half points, passing the 1,000-point mark on a pair of free throws. He's just the second Ole Miss player to have 1,000 career points and 100 career blocks.

Henry's had an up-and-down senior season, with some spectacular games mixed with virtual no-shows. But he played to his strengths against LSU, finishing with his left hand on drives to the basket and making open jumpers. He came into averaging a team-high 11.9 points.

Williams added 12 points in the first half, shooting 5-of-5 from the field, including two 3-pointers.

Ole Miss kept rolling in the second half. The Rebels stretched their lead to 43-26 on a short jumper by Williams with 13:04 remaining and were never threatened, rolling to a rare easy victory.

LSU coach Trent Johnson didn't see the end of it, receiving back-to-back technical fouls with 7:17 remaining. Ole Miss hit three of the four free throws assessed after the two technical to push its lead to 55-34.

"Talk to the players, it's an absolute joke," Johnson said. "For me, I have a problem. For as many years as I've been doing this, my team has a way of conducting themselves and they're class kids. I've got a guy worrying more about what my trainer is saying on the bench than calling the game. I have a problem with that."

LSU is used to playing low-scoring games, winning each of its previous four games with scores in the 60s. But the Tigers couldn't get into any sort of offensive rhythm against the Rebels' suffocating half-court defense.

Stringer said the Tigers were overconfident.

"We came out thinking we had this game won," Stringer said. "So we've got no excuses, they just played a lot better than we did."

LSU's leading scorer Justin Hamilton – who was averaging 13.6 points per game – didn't score until late in the second half when the game was already decided. He finished with 2 points and 6 rebounds.

The Tigers are back in action Wednesday when Tennessee visits the Pete Maravich Assembly Center for an 8 p.m. contest.


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