The Ole Miss Rebels only grabbed four more rebounds than LSU, but the Tigers do continue to struggle with that aspect of the game.
Duop Reath scored 26 points and Skylar Mays scored 15 of his 17 points in the second half to lead LSU to an 82-66 Southeastern Conference victory against Ole Miss on Saturday afternoon at the PMAC.
Certainly all wasn't displeasing to Wade's eye.
"We put some of those subs in in the first half and they decided they didn't want to throw the ball into him", Wade said. "Then we decided not to throw the ball into him because we don't like to win, or we don't like leads", Wade said. They were going to play one-on-one coverage on me.
Statistics which coach Kristy Curry calls the 'effort categories, ' such as shot attempts, total turnovers, offensive rebounds, rebounding margin, and free-throw attempts, were matched or won by the Crimson Tide against the No. 9 Gamecocks. "It was one thing after another", Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy said. Whenever he caught it in the post he scored. We were trying to limit his post touches, but he was efficient. He had 11 rebounds in the Tigers' victory at Arkansas last month.Waters had another poor shooting game as he missed nine of his 12 field goal attempts, including four of his five 3-point shots.
Bruce Stevens and Deandre Burnett each scored 16 and Breein Tyree scored 10 for Ole Miss (11-14, 4-8 SEC). In large part, Wade was cross with his team blowing a 14-point first-half lead, with Ole Miss going up three in the final minute before the Tigers and Rebels settled on a 37-37 halftime tie. "We did win an SEC game by 16 points, so I guess that's a good day". The lead blew up with LSU up six, 52-46, with 12:57 left as the Tigers scored the next nine points on a layup by Wayde Sims, a three-point play by Mays, a Sims layup and a Mays dunk.
The deeper dive: Last season, Tigers' home crowds left games early because LSU was often hammered by 20 or points more. As their deficit grew in the second half, they tried to get back into the game from long range, which only made matters worse.
That made it 61-46 with 10:24 to play and LSU would expand the margin to as much as 20 twice on Reath free throws at 7:06 and against with 3:46 to go, 81-61, on a Daryl Edwards trey.
Waters made a 3-pointer to end the run and pull LSU even at 37 at halftime. Mays and Epps each went 5 for 9 from the field with a few dunks each. We didn't close the first half very well - a poor, poor job on the backboards as usual. "We've just got to be more frequent".
Six-foot-five freshman forward Promise Taylor had already been turning heads, garnering SEC Freshman of the Week honors three times thanks to the third-most blocks in the conference and the fourth-best field goal percentage. "It would increase our odds of winning if we can do that".
Epps dunked for the first two baskets of the game as LSU raced to an 8-0 lead.
"We build a 14-point lead in the first half and a 20-point lead in the second half", Wade said. The Rebels ended the first half on a 20-6 run, tying the score at 37 heading into the break. Burnett also hit a 3 during the run and Furmanavicius' jumper gave MS its first lead at 35-34 with 1:27 to go in the half. Brunett also hit a 3 during the run and Furmanavicius' jumper gave Ole Miss its first lead at 35-34 with 1:27 to go in the half.