BATON ROUGE, La. — If it weren’t for six minutes in the first half, the LSU basketball team might’ve beaten Ole Miss by 40 points on Saturday.
LSU defeated Ole Miss 82-66 in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center on Saturday, improving to 14-10 on the season and 5-7 in SEC play. Senior forwards Duop Reath and Aaron Epps led the way, scoring a combined 37 points with 14 rebounds as LSU posted 44 points from inside the paint. Reath led all scorers with 26 points in 24 minutes played.
Behind Reath and Epps, LSU jumped out to a big first-half lead. Reath and Epps combined to score 23 points, with Reath scoring 18 on 7-of-8 shooting, in the first half as the Tigers scored 20 points from the paint and jumped out to a 14-point lead with 6:01 left in the period.
But from there, Ole Miss broke out. The Rebels ended the first half on a 20-6 run, tying the score at 37-37 heading into halftime. Over that 6:01 stretch to end the half, LSU did not score any points from inside the paint.
LSU’s offense reappeared at the start of the second half – the team scored 15 points in the first seven minutes of the period – but the Tigers were also marred by fouls. LSU was called for eight fouls in the same time frame, forcing Reath to the bench and making sophomore guard Skylar Mays step up offensively. Mays scored 15 points in the second half, shooting 5-for-6 from the floor and 2-of-3 from 3-point range.
The Tigers made their mark defensively in the second half. Ole Miss shot just 27.6 percent from the field in the frame, including 2-of-15 from 3-point range.
What’s next for LSU basketball?
LSU travels to Tuscaloosa, Ala., on Tuesday to face off against the Alabama Crimson Tide. Alabama already beat LSU once this season, topping the Tigers 74-66 on Jan. 13. Action is scheduled to begin at 8:00 p.m. CT on Tuesday and will be televised on the SEC Network.
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