Ole Miss bullies Tigers - LSU falls 67-57

LSU head coach John Brady got a dose of his own medicine.<br><br> In five previous seasons in Baton Rouge, the Tiger head coach has made a habit of taking a less-talented ball club and using an aggressive defense to level the playing field, especially in the SEC.<br><br>On Saturday, Mississippi head coach Rod Barnes said ‘touché.'

The Ole Miss Rebels erased a 3-point halftime deficit outscoring LSU 35-22 in the second period en route to a 67-57 win over the Tigers Saturday afternoon in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.


"They (LSU players) learned a lesson today," Brady said. "That team (Ole Miss) out-toughed us for 40 minutes and we do not get out-toughed a lot, but we were today."


Despite being out-rebounded 36-30 and allowing LSU (12-3, 1-2 SEC) to shoot 24 free throws, Ole Miss (10-4, 1-2 SEC) battled back from a 50-45 deficit outscoring the Tigers 22-7over the final 10:17 to pick up their first SEC win of the season.


Brady said he felt his team did not possess the necessary respect for the Rebels and their aggressive style of play.


"I do not think our team ever really gave this team the respect it needed," Brady said.


Ole Miss coach Rod Barnes, who is known for getting the most out of his players, put on a defensive performance in shutting down most every weapon the Tigers had.


"I think our players played extremely hard today," Barnes said. "I think LSU has a very good basketball team and we were very fortunate. I thought as a team we were a whole lot more aggressive."


Coming off a 13-point upset over Mississippi State and a 47-point rout of Centenary last Wednesday, the Tigers came out flat on offense and complacent defensively.


"We didn't come out playing the way we needed to come out and play," LSU senior Collis Temple III said. "We didn't come out with that sense of urgency and they did. We didn't play with the idea that we could be beat. You always need to come out with the confidence that you can and will win the game. But you also have to know that the other team is capable of winning the game."


Foul trouble and the inability to sustain any type of consistency on offense led to LSU's downfall. Coming off two of the hottest shooting performances of the Brady era, the Tigers connected on 20-of-52 shots (38.5-percent). After converting 60-percent of its 3-point attempts in Wednesday's win over Centenary, LSU managed just 1-of-13 shots (7-percent) from the perimeter and was 0-for-9 from beyond the arch in the second half.


"We are 1-of-13 from the three and just could not make a basket and then on the other side we could not stop them," Brady said. "At some point in time we have got to be consistent shooting the ball from the three-point line, at least make three or four. If so, then the score is different, it is tighter."


The Tigers did not drop in their first field goal of the game until the 17:38 mark when Jaime Lloreda battled inside for a layup. The junior forward scored the Tigers first six points of the game as LSU trailed 10-6 with 13:42 to play in the first half. Two quick fouls on Torris Bright, the second coming at the 15:41 mark, sent the senior point guard to the bench for the rest of the half.


"Torris Bright gets in foul trouble and never gets in the flow of the game and that is where our team is when he does not play very well, there it is," Brady said.


LSU took the lead with a pair of Darrel Mitchell free throws as the game went to an official timeout with 6:29 left in the first half. The Tigers never relinquished the lead going into the half leading 35-32.


David Sanders banged in a layup with six seconds remaining cutting the LSU advantage to a single point, 33-32. Antonio Hudson took the inbound pass and drove the length of the floor. Hudson missed the shot, but Mitchell leapt through the air dunking through the ball with 0.7 seconds left showing on the clock.


Ole Miss opened the second half outscoring the Tigers 8-2 over the first 3:35 and took a 40-37 lead at the 16:25 point. The Rebels led by as many as six points twice over the next two minutes before LSU regained the lead, 46-45, when Ronald Dupree connected on a short jumper.


The Tigers was on the verge of taking command of the game holding a 50-45 advantage with 10:17 to go in regulation following a layup by Temple. However, LSU did not score another point until a trio of Mitchell free throws with 4:43 left to play.


At that point, Ole Miss led 55-53.

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