LSU scores big road win in Oxford

All road wins in SEC play are precious. LSU's Wednesday night in Oxford, 75-71, was particularly big, and the Tigers needed everything they got from four players in double figures.

LSU (13-3, 2-1) picked up something Wednesday night that's been hard to come by for the program in recent years – a road win in SEC play.

The Tigers outlasted Ole Miss (10-6, 1-2) in Oxford 75-71 to win their second consecutive game and go above .500 in the conference heading into Saturday's home date with Texas A&M.

Junior guard Keith Hornsby led the way for LSU with a game-high 23 points, 20 of which came after halftime and 15 of which came from made three-pointers.

Jarell Martin bounced back in a big way from two subpar performance to light up the Rebels for 18 points and 14 rebounds. The sophomore from Baton Rouge was an efficient 9-of-12 from the field.

Also in double figures, and managing double-doubles of a different variety, were starters Jordan Mickey (11 points, 11 rebounds, six blocks) and Josh Gray (14 points and 10 assists).

Defensively the Tigers held Ole Miss to just 27-of-78 shooting (34.6%), but the home-standing Rebs did attempt 18 more shots than LSU due in large part to out-rebounding the Tigers 47-41 (and 23 of the Ole Miss rebounds came on the offensive glass).

"We knew it was going to be a tough battle. We just had to do a great job of covering the three-point line, where they've been great," head coach Johnny Jones said following the game on the SEC Network. "Really pleased with our guys' poise down the stretch, under pressure. They knocked down free throws when they needed to and got defensive stops."

Also of note: Darcy Malone made the first start of his career, and the sophomore big man from Australia finished with one point and three rebounds in eight minutes of action.

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