For the second straight game, Ole Miss found itself in need of a second half comeback. Once again, sophomore Terence Davis saw to it that the Rebels charged back for the win. Using Davis’ career-high 33 points, 22 of which coming in the second half, Ole Miss (16-10, 7-6) erased a double-digit second half deficit and stormed past LSU, 96-76.
Davis was the go-to man to fuel the comeback. When the Rebels needed a bucket after LSU extended the lead to 11 with 16 minutes to play, Davis took over. The sophomore was able to get to the rim at will all night while also knocking down three shots from behind the line.
The Rebels closed the game on a 17-0 run to end the game, hitting 10 of their last 11 shots. Ole Miss closed out the game on a 42-12 streak to blow past the Tigers.
The offense was able to score throughout the night, but the Ole Miss defense was able to get stops in the second half. In the first half, LSU was able to hit over 50 percent of its shots. The Rebels clamped down in the second half, holding LSU to only 29 points on just 28 percent shooting.
With the game knotted up at 72-72 with just over 6 minutes to play, that defense took over. LSU managed only four more points for the remainder of the game, not scoring at all over the final 4:32.
It was a crucial win for Ole Miss to keep its NCAA Tournament hopes alive, as the Rebels are beginning to show up in the bubble discussion. Protecting the home floor is vital to keep postseason hopes alive, and Ole Miss was able to do just that.
Now, the Rebels hit the road and head to Arkansas for another tough SEC battle – and potential NCAA Tournament résumé enhancer – on Saturday.
Courtesy of Ole Miss Sports
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