LSU 79, Mississippi 73
OXFORD, Miss. (AP)—Darrel Mitchell had 18 of his season-high 28 points in the second half to lead LSU to its sixth straight win, a 79-73 victory over Mississippi on Saturday.
Freshman Tasmin Mitchell had a career-high 20 points and Glen Davis added 19 for the Tigers (14-5, 6-0 Southeastern Conference), who used some clutch free-throw shooting to withstand a late Rebels rally to remain the only team unbeaten in SEC play.
Ole Miss (13-6, 3-3) tied it at 71 on Todd Abernethy’s 3-pointer with 2:12 to play, but Tasmin Mitchell countered with a 3-pointer 15 seconds later to put LSU ahead to stay. Davis then iced it when his three-point play with 44 seconds remaining made it 77-73.
The Tigers made 13-of-15 free throws in the second half, were 9-of-9 from the line in the final 4:17 and finished with 24 points off 16 turnovers by Ole Miss.
Darrel Mitchell eclipsed his prior season-best of 26 points against West Virginia, but finished four points shy of his career high of 32 set last season against Ohio State.
He scored eight consecutive points for LSU after the Rebels had rallied to take a 61-59 lead with 5:32 to play on two free throws by Clarence Sanders.
Bam Doyne had 11 of his 20 points in the first half for Ole Miss, which has lost three straight after starting 3-0 in SEC play. Sanders added 15 points, and Abernethy and Londrick Nolen each finished with 10.
Tasmin Mitchell, who scored 11 in the first half, surpassed his previous best of 19 set earlier this month against Arkansas.
Ole Miss twice led by 10 in the first half, the last time coming with 10:41 left when Londrick Nolen’s steal and dunk made it 21-11.
LSU responded with a 24-5 run keyed by its Mitchells. Darrel Mitchell had eight points and Tasmin Mitchell added seven during the spurt, which gave the Tigers a 35-26 lead with 3:27 remaining. Ole Miss got no closer than two the rest of the half, and LSU led 37-33 at halftime.