Freshman Sebastian Saiz scored six of his season-high 20 points in overtime as Ole Miss defeated LSU 88-74 in a Southeastern Conference game at Tad Smith Coliseum in Oxford on Wednesday night.
After scoring the final four points in regulation, the Rebels scored the first 11 points in overtime. The Tigers missed shots - four of them 3-pointers - on five possessions. Anthony Hickey missed two 3-pointers, while Andre Stringer and Shavon Coleman each missed one shot from behind the arc. Meanwhile, Ole Miss scored on five of its first six overtime possessions. Jarvis Summers made a basket to give the Rebels the lead for good with 3:44 to play. Saiz made a basket after an offensive rebound. Saiz failed to convert the three-point play, but Ole Miss got the rebound. Marshall Henderson drained a 3-pointer to make it a five-point trip for the Rebels. Saiz followed with two foul shots and Aaron Jones made a field goal to give Ole Miss an 80-69 lead with 1:34 remaining.
KEY PERIOD IN FIRST HALF
LSU got off to a quick start as it built a 14-6 lead in the first 5½ minutes. Hickey scored half of the Tigers' 14 points, but he had to go to the bench with two fouls. Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy drew a technical foul and the game turned around. Tim Quarterman made just one of four foul shots setting up a 25-10 Rebels run. Saiz, who was averaging four points a game, had eight points in a nine-minute stretch. Summers, who started the outburst with a 3-pointer, had nine points. His other six points all came from the foul line. Henderson only had one basket, a 3-pointer, during the spurt, which put Ole Miss ahead 31-25 with 3:48 remaining. LSU was able to trim the six-point deficit to three points at 35-32 by halftime.
KEY PERIOD IN SECOND HALF
A 3-pointer by Coleman, one free throw by Hickey and a basket by Stringer gave the Tigers a 67-62 lead with 2:32 remaining. However, LSU scored points on just one of its last four possessions. LaDarius White knocked down a 3-pointer to bring Ole Miss within two points. Hickey missed a shot, but the Tigers maintained possession. Coleman then committed a turnover. The Rebels lost an opportunity to tie the score when Stringer stripped Henderson. Stringer sank two free throws to give LSU a 69-65 lead with 1:25 remaining. A basket by Jones cut Ole Miss' deficit in half. Hickey missed a layup and Summers tied the score with a jumper at the 29-second mark. Coach Johnny Jones didn't call a timeout. Hickey got an open look from the foul line, but missed the shot sending the game into overtime.
LSU'S TOP STARTER
The Tigers got no good performance from a starter. Malik Morgan played just four minutes and didn't score. Johnny O'Bryant and Jordan Mickey combined for just eight points and ten rebounds. Coleman and Hickey had 15 and 11 points, respectively. However, those two players were a combined 9-of-29 from the field, including 3-of-15 on 3-pointers.
LSU'S TOP RESERVE
Stringer came off the bench for a second consecutive game and recorded a career-high 23 points. Stringer was 7-of-10 from the field, including 5-of-8 on 3-pointers. The seven field goals tied his career-high, while his five 3-pointers were a season-high. Stringer, who was 4-of-4 at the foul line, also had three assists and two steals. Stringer is now tied with Storm Warren for 18th place in career steals with 113. Stringer passed Johnny Jones to move into 12th place in career assists with 273.
LSU'S UNSUNG HERO
Jarell Martin continued to show improvement with a second solid performance as a reserve. Playing 28 minutes, Martin finished with 14 points and seven rebounds. He was 5-of-12 from the field and missed his only two 3-point attempts.
The Tigers made just 37 percent of their field goal attempts (24-of-65), including 20 percent (2-of-10) in overtime. LSU missed six of its seven 3-point shots in the extra period. Ole Miss shot 43 percent from the field (28-of-65). More importantly, the Rebels made 46 percent of their 3-point attempts (10-of-22). The Tigers shot 60 percent at the foul line (18-of-30), while Ole Miss made 82 percent of its free throw attempts (22-of-27). The smaller Rebels outrebounded LSU 49-41. Ole Miss had 22 assists on 28 made baskets.
LSU used the same starting lineup as it did Saturday at South Carolina - O'Bryant, Mickey, Coleman, Morgan and Hickey. . .O'Bryant and Mickey were totally outplayed by Saiz and Jones. Both O'Bryant and Mickey made one field goal in five attempts. O'Bryant sank four free throws to get six points. Mickey missed his lone foul shot. Both players had five rebounds. Mickey did block a career-high seven shots. By comparison, Saiz and Jones, the Rebels' two post players, combined for 33 points and 22 rebounds. . .Coleman, who was 5-of-13 from the field, grabbed a season-high seven rebounds. . . Hickey made three baskets in the first five minutes of the game. He had one field goal the rest of the night. Hickey missed 12 of his 16 field goal attempts, including six of his seven 3-pointers. Hickey matched his career-high with seven assists and made three steals. . .Shane Hammink played a season-high 14 minutes. He had two points and two rebounds. Hammink did a pretty good job defending Henderson. . .Quarterman played just six first-half minutes when Hickey got two fouls. He had two turnovers and no assists and had the three missed foul shots during the time of the Kennedy technical. . .LSU committed 15 turnovers - four by Stringer and three by Coleman. . .Hickey is now tied with Garrett Temple for the No. 7 spot on the school's all-time steals list. Both Hickey and Temple have 191 steals. . .O'Bryant is now No. 29 on the school's all-time rebounding list with 549. He entered the game tied with Jim Crisco. . .The Tigers bench outscored the Rebels reserves 40-23. . .Playing his first SEC game due to a suspension, Henderson scored 25 points and handed out a career-high seven assists. He was 6-of-12 on 3-pointers. . .Saiz was 8-of-11 from the field. He had nine rebounds to go along with his 20 points. . .Summers, who was 10-of-10 at the foul line, had 20 points and a season-high eight assists. He did commit six of Ole Miss' 14 turnovers. . .Jones had a season-high 13 points and matched his season-high in rebounds with 13. . .The score was tied nine times and there were 17 lead changes. . .The Rebels had lost their two previous overtime games this season against Oregon and Dayton. . .This game was LSU's first overtime game of the season. . .Ole Miss has won five of the last six games in the series. . .The Rebels are 11-5 overall and 2-1 in the SEC. Ole Miss is one game behind Florida and Texas A&M, who are 3-0. . .LSU is 10-5 overall and 1-2 in the SEC. . .The paid attendance was 7,884.
FROM THE LOCKERROOM
Coach Johnny Jones
"I am disappointed by how we got started in overtime. The final score was not indicative of how we played. We were diving on the floor for loose balls. We had a great effort, but we just couldn't get the win. We got to the free throw line 30 times, but we didn't execute there. It's about making plays and we didn't in overtime. This was a tough basketball game in a tough venue."
LSU will play host to Vanderbilt at the PMAC on Saturday at 8 p.m. The Commodores (8-6, 0-2) will play Missouri in Nashville on Thursday. The LSU-Vanderbilt game will be broadcast on ESPNU.