Tigers spoil Ole Miss senior night

OXFORD, Miss. -- LSU went on a 19-1 run over a seven-minute span late in the second half to score it's fourth-straight win, a 77-64 victory over Ole Miss at Tad Smith Coliseum on Wednesday night.

LSU trailed 60-56 after Justin Reed's jumper with 8:04 remaining before the Tiger defense held the Rebels without a field goal for just over seven minutes.

Ronald Dupree and Jaime Lloreda each had five points in the span as the Tigers scored 15 straight to take a 71-60 lead with 2:15 to go. David Sanders ended the drought with a three-pointer with 43 seconds remaining.

Torris Bright scored 22 points, six in the final three minutes, and Dupree chipped in 18 as LSU continued its late-season tear. Lloreda finished with 13 points and Antonio Hudson added 10 off the bench.

The Tigers (18-9, 7-8) have now won four straight games and six of their last eight. Last season, LSU had a similar late push, winning six of their last nine contests to reach the NIT.

After starting the Southeastern Conference season 3-1, including a win over LSU, Ole Miss (12-13, 3-11) has dropped 10 straight games. This loss came in the final home game for five Rebel seniors.

Dupree, who scored in double-figures for the 26th straight game, hit 8-of-11 field goals attempts to lead the Tigers to a 54.5 percent (24-of-44) shooting night.

Led by Bright's 7-of-10 performance, LSU had a huge advantage at the free throw line by hitting 23-of-36 compared to 13-of-18 for Ole Miss.

Ole Miss jumped out to an early 12-3 on David Sanders three-pointer with 14:03 left in the first half. Sanders had four points and Emmanuel Wade had five in the span.

The lead grew to 10, 18-8, at the 12:40 mark on Wade's third three-pointer of the game. Wade finished the game with a team-high 18 points, 11 in the first eight minutes. Sanders, Reed and Derrick Allen each reached double-figures with 13

LSU methodically climbed back into the game and
Xavier Whipple knocked down a three with 51 seconds left to send the Tigers into the locker room trailing, 35-32.

Lloreda, who scored 13 points, gave LSU its first lead, 48-47, on a dunk with 12:41 left. However, Ole Miss answered to go ahead, 58-54, after Aaron Harper knocked down a three with 9:38 to go.

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