Rebs lose regular season finale

Ole Miss battled SEC champion Louisiana State to the wire before falling three points short in defeat.

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Glen Davis scored 15 points, including five free throws down the stretch, to help No. 21 LSU hold off Ole Miss 55-52 on Saturday.

LSU (22-7, 14-2 SEC) made 12 of 15 foul shots over the final 5:30 to seal the victory. Davis made five of seven foul shots, while Tasmin Mitchell made all four of his free throw attempts and Darrel Mitchell hit three of four down the stretch.

The Tigers, who had clinched their first outright SEC championship in 21 seasons when Tennessee lost to Kentucky on Wednesday, completed their second straight conference season unbeaten at home. The Tigers have won 17 consecutive SEC games at home.

Davis, who was limited to five field goal attempts, also had nine rebounds. Darrel Mitchell, playing his final home game, had 12 points. Tasmin Mitchell finished with 11.

Ole Miss (14-15, 4-12), which was playing its first game after it was announced that Rod Barnes will not return as coach next season, has lost 12 of its last 13 games. Londrick Nolen had 14 points and Dwayne Curtis added 11 for the Rebels.

Trailing by one point, LSU took the lead for good during the middle of the second half by scoring seven consecutive points. A 3-pointer by Garrett Temple with 12:37 remaining in the game gave the Tigers a 35-33 advantage.

Darrel Mitchell then hit a pair of free throws and Magnum Rolle made a layup to push LSU on top 39-33 with 11:13 left. However, the Tigers were unable to put Ole Miss away.

On three occasions, the Rebels moved to within two points after baskets by Nolen. Leading 41-39, LSU pushed its advantage out to five points on a three-point play by Davis.

Following a field goal by Nolen that left Ole Miss behind 46-44, Davis made two foul shots. After Nolen's third basket, Davis hit one free throw to give the Tigers a 49-46 lead with 1:51 to go.

The Rebels had numerous chances to tie the score, but were unable to make a shot. Two foul shots by Darrel Mitchell with 41 seconds remaining gave LSU a five-point lead.

A layup by Todd Abernethy with 15 seconds left again put Ole Miss down by two points at 52-50. Five seconds later, Tasmin Mitchell made a pair of free throws to give the Tigers a four-point advantage.

Nolen made a basket with 2.8 seconds left before Darrel Mitchell added one foul shot.

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