Mississippi 69, Louisiana-Lafayette 54
OXFORD, Miss. (AP)—Clarence Sanders scored 22 points to lead Mississippi to a 69-54 victory over Louisiana-Lafayette on Tuesday.
Sanders scored 15 of those points in the second half, including eight points he put on the board in a span of just 1:06, to help Mississippi extend a 46-40 lead to 54-40.
Mississippi improves to 2-0 for the first time in six years. It was just the second time Mississippi beat Louisiana-Lafayette (1-1) in six tries.
The Rebels also got 12 points from Bam Doyne and Kenny Williams and 10 points from Justin Cerasoli. Williams led Mississippi with eight rebounds.
David Dees led Louisiana-Lafayette with 18 points and 10 rebounds.
Ross Mouton, who scored 26 points in the Ragin Cajuns’ season-opener, scored 13 points on 6-of-20 shooting.
Mississippi was outrebounded 44-29 and had just five offensive boards. The Rebels hit 44 percent from the floor and held the Ragin Cajuns to 34.5 percent.
Louisiana-Lafayette held an early 8-7 lead before Williams scored six points to spark a 10-0 Ole Miss run.
The Ragin Cajuns cut the gap to 25-22 before a 9-0 Rebel run gave Mississippi a 34-22 halftime lead.
The closest the Ragin Cajuns got in the second half was five points.
Ole Miss was without starting point guard Todd Abernethy, who suffered a concussion in the season opener.
The Ragin Cajuns have lost their last four road openers.