BATON ROUGE, La. - Ole Miss used a balanced scoring effort with four players reaching double figures en route to a strong second half and a 78-51 victory over the LSU men's basketball team Saturday inside the Maravich Center.
LSU (10-9, 2-2 SEC) honored its 1981 and 1986 NCAA Final Four teams during a special halftime ceremony which ended with an address from Ricky Blanton and a standing ovation from the crowd.
Matt Derenbecker paced the Tigers received 14 points and five rebounds. The Metairie native has reached double figures in four of his last six outings.
The Rebels (13-7, 1-4 SEC) connected for seven of their 10 three-pointers and a 14-for-20 ratio from the floor in the second stanza. For the game, Ole Miss registered a 62.2 percent clip.
Chris Warren tallied a game-high 18 points and dished out five assists, while Zach Graham added 17 points on a crisp 7-for-9 effort. Nick Williams and Terrance Henry provided 14 and 13 points, respectively, for the Rebels.
The two teams traded three ties and nine lead changes during the game's opening minutes. A Warren lay-up from Eddie Ludwig pushed LSU ahead 14-13 at the 11:08 mark.
After a Dundrecous Nelson jumper, Ole Miss would hold the lead for the game's final 30:41. The Rebels scored 18 of the first 24 points in the paint to carry a 38-32 edge into the locker room.
At 43-36 with 16:06 left, Ole Miss used consecutive three-balls from Henry, Warren and Trevor Gaskins during a two-minute span to fuel a 21-6 spurt and take control of the game.
With the victory, the Rebels ended a four-game losing skid to open SEC action.
LSU hits the road for a Wednesday tilt at Tennessee. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. CT and will be televised on the SEC network.