OXFORD, Miss. – Andre Stringer drained a career-high 23 points aided by a five three-pointers off the bench, but the LSU men’s basketball team was dealt an 88-74 overtime loss to Ole Miss Wednesday at Tad Smith Coliseum.
LSU (10-5, 1-2 SEC) had an opportunity to win the game in regulation, but Anthony Hickey misfired on a 15-foot jumper as time expired. The Rebels (11-5, 2-1 SEC) scored the first 11 points of overtime en route to their sixth win during the last seven meetings over the Tigers.
For Stringer, the 23 points marked his third 20-plus scoring effort of the season. He tallied 21 points during each of LSU’s first two games of the season against UMass and Northwestern State. The Jackson, Miss. native hit his first six shots and was a crisp 7-of-10 shooting. His two assists allowed him to move past Johnny Jones for 12th place on LSU’s all-time list.
Making his second straight start, Shavon Coleman picked up 15 points and hauled in a season-high seven rebounds over his 37 minutes of action.
Jarell Martin registered 14 points, seven rebounds and two steals. It marked the second time this season that Martin has produced consecutive double figure scoring performances.
Anthony Hickey turned in a solid all-around effort with 11 points, seven assists, five rebounds and three steals after missing the final 13-plus minutes of the opening half with two fouls. The seven assists tied a career-high for Hickey whereas the three steals enabled him to surpass Tasmin Mitchell for eighth place in the LSU record book.
Jordan Mickey was limited to a season-low two points but put together a strong defensive effort with a career-high seven blocks to go along with five rebounds.
Johnny O’Bryant III picked up six points and five rebounds before he fouled out in overtime.
Ole Miss was sparked by Marshall Henderson, Sebastian Saiz and Jarvis Summers. The trio accounted for 65 of the 88 points for the Rebels. Henderson led the way with 25 points and handed out seven assists whereas Siaz and Summers teamed for 20 points apiece.
As a team, LSU finished 24-of-65 from the floor which included an 8-for-26 effort from three-point territory. The Tigers were 18-of-30 at the foul line and scored 22 of the game’s 35 points off turnovers.
Ole Miss countered with a 28-for-65 shooting performance and knocked down 10 of its 22 triple attempts. The Rebels also converted 22-of-27 from the charity stripe highlighted by 13-of-15 mark during the second half and overtime.
LSU connected on six of its first 11 shots and fired out to a 14-5 advantage at the 13:46 mark of the opening half. Hickey fueled the charge with two transition layups and a three-ball. However, the junior guard picked up his second foul and missed the final 13-plus minutes of the half.
The Rebels responded with 13 of the next 16 points and grabbed an 18-17 edge on a Henderson triple with 9:03 remaining.
The two teams traded the lead six times, and Ole Miss carried a 35-32 lead into the locker room. The Tigers closed the half on an acrobatic Stringer layup high off the backboard as the buzzer sounded.
Stringer started the second half with a trio of three-balls over the opening 2:15 of the stanza to vault LSU ahead by a 42-39 margin.
The Tigers would take their largest lead at 52-46 at the 11:31 mark after a Martin dunk from Hickey. The play was created by a Martin steal on Summers.
Ole Miss turned to Henderson who provided eight points during the next 4:10. The Rebels took a 58-56 advantage with 7:21 to go on a Henderson deep three-pointer.
Trailing 62-61, LSU reeled off six straight points ignited by a Coleman triple from the left wing and capped by a Stringer mid-range runner off the glass to make it 67-62 with 2:33 on the clock.
Ole Miss regrouped with one final run and scored seven of the final nine points of regulation followed by first 11 points of the overtime. The trio of Henderson, Summers and Siaz tallied 17 of the final 26 points for the Rebels.
LSU begins a stretch of four of its next five games at home and takes on Vanderbilt on Saturday. Tip time is on-tap for 8 p.m., and the game will be televised by ESPNU along with www.WatchESPN.com.
The LSU Sports Radio Network will broadcast the game on Eagle 98.1 FM in the Baton Rouge and inside the Geaux Zone at LSUsports.net/live. Jim Hawthorne, Ricky Blanton and Kevin Ford will call the action.
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