EditorsNote: Added Watford’s rebounds in 2nd graf; Changed 20-9 to 20-11 in 11th graf
Javonte Smart scored 21 points as No. 22 LSU rolled to its 10th consecutive victory, defeating Ole Miss 73-63 in Southeastern Conference action Saturday in Baton Rouge, La.
Marlon Taylor added 13 points and 11 rebounds and Trendon Watford scored 13 with nine rebounds for the Tigers (17-4, 8-0 SEC).
Devontae Shuler, who scored 26 points while playing a career-high 48 minutes in a double-overtime loss to No. 16 Auburn in the Rebels’ last game, led Ole Miss (10-11, 1-7) with a career-high 28 points and Khadim Sy added 11.
Breein Tyree, Mississippi’s leading scorer who had a career-high 36 points in an 80-76 home loss to LSU on Jan. 18, was scoreless in the first half and finished with nine points on 2-of-10 shooting.
LSU commemorated the 50th anniversary of the late Pistol Pete Maravich, for whom the Tigers’ arena is named, surpassing former Cincinnati star Oscar Robertson and becoming the all-time leading scorer in college basketball.
The Rebels scored the last four points of the first half and the first 12 points of the second half to pull within 40-32.
Darius Days’ layup gave LSU its first points of the second half and Smart’s two free throws pushed the lead back to 12. Taylor made two 3-pointers as the Tigers took a 53-38 lead and coasted.
In the first half, Shuler’s 3-pointer gave the Rebels a 9-7 lead before they went cold.
Smart made back-to-back jumpers to start a 13-0 Tigers run.
Sy’s layup ended a nearly six-minute Ole Miss scoring drought, cutting LSU’s lead to 20-11 midway through the half.
Watford answered with a jumper that started a 12-0 run that expanded the Tigers lead to 32-11.
The Rebels mustered a little more offense down the stretch, scoring nine points in the final 5:38 of the half after scoring just 11 prior to that.
Sammy Hunter made consecutive baskets and Austin Crowley beat the buzzer with a jumper, but that left LSU with a comfortable 40-20 halftime lead.
—Field Level Media