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Smart leads No. 22 LSU past Ole Miss, 73-63

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) LSU guard Javonte Smart inbounded the ball to himself off the back of Mississippi's Carlos Curry under the Ole Miss basket and immediately scored as Curry fouled him.

LSU coach Will Wade said the play wasn't designed, but certainly lived up to the surname of the player who pulled it off at a time when the Tigers were trying to stunt the Rebels' momentum in the second half.

''Just a really, really smart play for the and-1,'' Wade said. ''That was a big sequence.''

Smart scored 13 of his season-high 21 points in the last 16 minutes, and No. 22 LSU extended its winning streak to 10 games with a 73-63 victory over struggling Mississippi on Saturday.

Smart ''was very, very aggressive. Our team did a good job of giving him space to operate,'' Wade said. ''He did a great job of forcing the action and getting downhill.

''He's not the best morning person,'' Wade continued, alluding to the 11 a.m. local time tip-off. ''So, for him to get up at 7 a.m. and be running around and going full speed like he was, that was a good sign that it was probably going to be a good day.''

Marlon Tayor had 13 points and 11 rebounds and freshman Trendon Watford scored 13 points for LSU (17-4, 8-0 SEC), which is off to its best start in conference play in 39 years.

Devontae Shuler scored a career-high 28 for Ole Miss (10-11, 1-7), which has lost two straight and eight of its last nine.

''They got us in every facet early,'' Ole Miss coach Kermit Davis said. ''Our team is a work in progress. We're disappointed but we're not discouraged. Kind of a reset year and we'll get it fixed. I really like what LSU is doing and they'll win a lot of games.''

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These teams met two weeks earlier in Oxford, with the Tigers pulling out a four-point victory in which Ole Miss guard Breein Tyree scored a career-high 36 points.

LSU looked determined not let the rematch come down to a ending, breaking the game open with an early 25-2 run for a 32-11 lead. The Tigers opened up a 24-point advantage when Watford scored his 11th point on a free throw that made it 40-16 before Ole Miss cut it to 40-20 at halftime.

Tyree was held scoreless in the first half and finished with nine points.

''They just got on top of Breein,'' Davis said. ''His energy level has to stay high when he's not making shots. ... LSU was physical with him, did some timely switching, and when that happens you have to make other players better.''

SECOND-HALF SURGE

Ole Miss briefly rallied back within single digits by scoring the first 12 points of the second half, which amounted to a 16-0 run that made it 40-32.

The game leveled off after that, however, and Smart helped LSU gradually rebuild its lead to 21 with just less than seven minutes left. Smart was 7-of-12 shooting without attempting a 3 and was 7-of-9 on free throws.

''There was a lack of energy coming out of halftime. They had some big shots,'' Smart said. ''We just try to bring the energy to bring the team back up.''

Taylor also was instrumental in holding off the Rebels with 12 second-half points, hitting two 3s to go with his usual soaring dunks. LSU's Emmitt Williams blocked four shots to go with nine points and seven rebounds.

The Tigers shot 47.9% and outrebounded the Rebels 42-30.

BIG PICTURE

Mississippi: While the Rebels could take some satisfaction form getting back in the game in the second half, their early hole proved too deep for a team that shot just 35.6%. Ole Miss' Khadin Sy scored nine of his 11 points in the second half, but was one of just two Rebels with as many as 10 points.

LSU: A Tigers team that spent most of this season unranked has now become historically significant at LSU. The last time the Tigers won their first eight SEC games was 1981, widely considered the best season in LSU history. That team went to the Final Four, losing to eventual national champion Indiana in the national semifinals. Meanwhile, LSU improved to 83-0 since the 1966-67 season when leading by 20 or more at halftime.

PISTOL PETE

LSU commemorated the 50th anniversary of late Hall-of-Famer Pete Maravich setting the all-time NCAA scoring record. That game also was played against Ole Miss at LSU, in an arena known as the Cow Palace on Jan. 31, 1970. LSU now plays in a stadium that opened in 1973 and was renamed the Pete Maravich Assembly Center shortly after his death in 1988.

Maravich broke Oscar Robertson's record of 2,973 points that had stood since 1960 and finished his three-year career (not including his season on the Tigers' freshman squad) with 3,667 points during an era with no shot clock or 3-point line. No player has come within 400 points since.

At halftime, Maravich's former teammates joined his wife, Jackie McLachlan, and son, Jaeson, for an on-court ceremony in which the family was presented a plaque and commemorative basketball as a packed crowd stood in applause. The stadium video boards also played Maravich highlights, including his record-setting basket.

UP NEXT

Mississippi: Hosts South Carolina on Wednesday.

LSU: Visits Vanderbilt on Wednesday.

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1st Half

Time Team Play Score
20:00   Jumpball received by LSU  
19:37   Shooting foul on Devontae Shuler  
19:37 +1 Trendon Watford made 1st of 2 free throws 0-1
19:37   Trendon Watford missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
19:37   Defensive rebound by Bryce Williams  
19:16 +3 Devontae Shuler made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Bryce Williams 3-1
18:58 +2 Trendon Watford made layup 3-3
18:30   Devontae Shuler missed layup  
18:28   Offensive rebound by Devontae Shuler  
18:29 +2 Devontae Shuler made layup 5-3
18:29   Shooting foul on Darius Days  
18:29 +1 Devontae Shuler made free throw 6-3
18:11 +2 Trendon Watford made jump shot, assist by Emmitt Williams 6-5
17:43   Blake Hinson missed layup, blocked by Emmitt Williams  
17:41   Defensive rebound by Trendon Watford  
17:38   Bad pass turnover on Emmitt Williams, stolen by Breein Tyree  
17:32   Breein Tyree missed 3-pt. jump shot  
17:30   Defensive rebound by Skylar Mays  
17:30   Personal foul on KJ Buffen  
17:15 +2 Skylar Mays made dunk 6-7
16:44 +3 Devontae Shuler made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Breein Tyree 9-7
16:26 +2 Javonte Smart made jump shot 9-9
16:11   KJ Buffen missed layup, blocked by Emmitt Williams  
16:09   Defensive rebound by Javonte Smart  
15:56   Bad pass turnover on Trendon Watford, stolen by Devontae Shuler  
15:54   Personal foul on Darius Days  
15:44   Lost ball turnover on KJ Buffen, stolen by Marlon Taylor  
15:31   Personal foul on Bryce Williams  
15:20 +2 Javonte Smart made jump shot 9-11
15:08   Breein Tyree missed 3-pt. jump shot  
15:06   Defensive rebound by Trendon Watford  
14:59   Emmitt Williams missed layup, blocked by Khadim Sy  
14:57   Defensive rebound by Devontae Shuler  
14:51   Devontae Shuler missed layup  
14:49   Defensive rebound by Trendon Watford  
14:43   Emmitt Williams missed layup  
14:41   Offensive rebound by Emmitt Williams  
14:36 +2 Emmitt Williams made layup 9-13
14:25   Offensive foul on Blake Hinson  
14:25   Turnover on Blake Hinson  
14:13   Javonte Smart missed jump shot  
14:11   Defensive rebound by Khadim Sy  
13:55   Personal foul on Javonte Smart  
13:43   Khadim Sy missed layup  
13:41   Defensive rebound by Marlon Taylor  
13:34   Shooting foul on Khadim Sy  
13:34 +1 Trendon Watford made 1st of 2 free throws 9-14
13:34 +1 Trendon Watford made 2nd of 2 free throws 9-15
13:03   Blake Hinson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
13:01   Defensive rebound by Marlon Taylor  
13:01   Personal foul on KJ Buffen  
12:44   Bad pass turnover on Marlon Taylor  
12:22   Blake Hinson missed layup  
12:20   Defensive rebound by Emmitt Williams  
12:19   Personal foul on Blake Hinson  
12:19 +1 Emmitt Williams made 1st of 2 free throws 9-16
12:19 +1 Emmitt Williams made 2nd of 2 free throws 9-17
11:58   Khadim Sy missed jump shot  
11:56   Defensive rebound by Aundre Hyatt  
11:48   Traveling violation turnover on Trendon Watford  
11:31   Breein Tyree missed jump shot  
11:29   Defensive rebound by Marshall Graves  
11:20 +3 Marshall Graves made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Marlon Taylor 9-20
10:57 +2 Khadim Sy made layup, assist by Bryce Williams 11-20
10:37 +2 Trendon Watford made layup 11-22
10:15   Bad pass turnover on Bryce Williams  
9:55   Aundre Hyatt missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:53   Defensive rebound by Khadim Sy  
9:36   Bryce Williams missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:34   Defensive rebound by Emmitt Williams  
9:24   Shooting foul on Khadim Sy  
9:24 +1 Javonte Smart made 1st of 2 free throws 11-23
9:24 +1 Javonte Smart made 2nd of 2 free throws 11-24
8:56   Blake Hinson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:54   Defensive rebound by Skylar Mays  
8:43   Bad pass turnover on Emmitt Williams  
8:35   Personal foul on Skylar Mays  
8:25   Bad pass turnover on Breein Tyree, stolen by Javonte Smart  
8:13 +2 Emmitt Williams made layup 11-26
8:13   Shooting foul on KJ Buffen  
8:13   Emmitt Williams missed free throw  
8:13   Defensive rebound by Devontae Shuler  
7:56   Breein Tyree missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:54   Defensive rebound by Trendon Watford  
7:48 +2 Darius Days made jump shot, assist by Trendon Watford 11-28
7:39   Austin Crowley missed jump shot  
7:37   Defensive rebound by Marlon Taylor  
7:48   Personal foul on Blake Hinson  
7:38   Marlon Taylor missed 1st of 2 free throws  
7:38 +1 Marlon Taylor made 2nd of 2 free throws 11-29
7:12   Austin Crowley missed jump shot  
7:10   Defensive rebound by Marlon Taylor  
7:00   Personal foul on Khadim Sy  
7:00   Emmitt Williams missed 1st of 2 free throws  
7:00 +1 Emmitt Williams made 2nd of 2 free throws 11-30
6:39   Austin Crowley missed layup  
6:37   Defensive rebound by Marlon Taylor  
6:24 +2 Skylar Mays made layup 11-32
5:58   Bad pass turnover on Devontae Shuler, stolen by Marlon Taylor  
5:46   Traveling violation turnover on Trendon Watford  
5:36 +2 Sammy Hunter made dunk, assist by Austin Crowley 13-32
5:21   Aundre Hyatt missed jump shot  
5:19   Defensive rebound by Antavion Collum  
5:10   Devontae Shuler missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:08   Offensive rebound by Antavion Collum  
4:48   Lost ball turnover on Sammy Hunter, stolen by Emmitt Williams  
4:39   Shooting foul on Breein Tyree  
4:39 +1 Emmitt Williams made 1st of 2 free throws 13-33
4:39 +1 Emmitt Williams made 2nd of 2 free throws 13-34
4:26 +2 Sammy Hunter made dunk, assist by Austin Crowley 15-34
4:08   Marlon Taylor missed layup  
4:06   Offensive rebound by Aundre Hyatt  
4:01   Aundre Hyatt missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:59   Defensive rebound by Devontae Shuler  
3:40   Antavion Collum missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:38   Defensive rebound by Marshall Graves  
3:16 +2 Aundre Hyatt made layup 15-36
2:55   Traveling violation turnover on Sammy Hunter  
2:33   Shooting foul on Devontae Shuler  
2:33   Javonte Smart missed 1st of 2 free throws  
2:33   Javonte Smart missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
2:33   Defensive rebound by Devontae Shuler  
2:15   Personal foul on Emmitt Williams  
2:03   Shooting foul on Trendon Watford  
2:03 +1 Bryce Williams made 1st of 2 free throws 16-36
2:03   Bryce Williams missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
2:03   Defensive rebound by Darius Days  
1:45   Shooting foul on Bryce Williams  
1:45 +1 Javonte Smart made 1st of 2 free throws 16-37
1:45 +1 Javonte Smart made 2nd of 2 free throws 16-38
1:22   Blake Hinson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:20   Defensive rebound by Marlon Taylor  
54.0   Trendon Watford missed 3-pt. jump shot  
52.0   Defensive rebound by Bryce Williams  
45.0   Devontae Shuler missed jump shot  
44.0   Defensive rebound by Trendon Watford  
44.0   Personal foul on Blake Hinson  
44.0 +1 Trendon Watford made 1st of 2 free throws 16-39
44.0 +1 Trendon Watford made 2nd of 2 free throws 16-40
32.0   Personal foul on Marlon Taylor  
32.0 +1 Devontae Shuler made 1st of 2 free throws 17-40
32.0 +1 Devontae Shuler made 2nd of 2 free throws 18-40
8.0   Traveling violation turnover on Javonte Smart  
1.0 +2 Austin Crowley made jump shot 20-40
0.0   End of period  

2nd Half

Time Team Play Score
19:45 +2 KJ Buffen made jump shot 22-40
19:28   Emmitt Williams missed jump shot  
19:26   Defensive rebound by KJ Buffen  
19:26   KJ Buffen missed jump shot, blocked by Emmitt Williams  
19:24   Defensive rebound by Emmitt Williams  
19:00   Lost ball turnover on Emmitt Williams, stolen by Devontae Shuler  
18:51   KJ Buffen missed jump shot  
18:49   Offensive rebound by Khadim Sy  
18:49   Personal foul on Skylar Mays  
18:43 +3 Devontae Shuler made 3-pt. jump shot 25-40
18:25   Javonte Smart missed jump shot  
18:23   Defensive rebound by Devontae Shuler  
18:16   Devontae Shuler missed 3-pt. jump shot  
18:14   Defensive rebound by Trendon Watford  
18:05   Darius Days missed 3-pt. jump shot  
18:03   Defensive rebound by Breein Tyree  
17:58   Shooting foul on Skylar Mays  
17:58 +1 Breein Tyree made 1st of 2 free throws 26-40
17:58 +1 Breein Tyree made 2nd of 2 free throws 27-40
17:46   Javonte Smart missed layup  
17:44   Defensive rebound by KJ Buffen  
17:34 +2 Breein Tyree made layup 29-40
17:09   Emmitt Williams missed jump shot  
17:04   Defensive rebound by Ole Miss  
16:52   Devontae Shuler missed layup  
16:50   Offensive rebound by Blake Hinson  
16:47 +3 Devontae Shuler made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Blake Hinson 32-40
16:22 +2 Darius Days made layup, assist by Javonte Smart 32-42
16:01   Breein Tyree missed jump shot  
15:59   Defensive rebound by Darius Days  
15:49   Shooting foul on Devontae Shuler  
15:49 +1 Javonte Smart made 1st of 2 free throws 32-43
15:49 +1 Javonte Smart made 2nd of 2 free throws 32-44
15:34 +2 Breein Tyree made jump shot 34-44
15:19   Personal foul on Bryce Williams  
15:13   Personal foul on Breein Tyree  
15:08   Darius Days missed layup  
15:06   Defensive rebound by Breein Tyree  
15:04   Shooting foul on Marlon Taylor  
15:04   Blake Hinson missed 1st of 2 free throws  
15:04   Blake Hinson missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
15:04   Defensive rebound by Javonte Smart  
14:52   Skylar Mays missed 3-pt. jump shot  
14:47   Offensive rebound by Darius Days  
14:41   Trendon Watford missed jump shot  
14:39   Defensive rebound by Blake Hinson  
14:35   Lost ball turnover on Blake Hinson, stolen by Trendon Watford  
14:35   Personal foul on KJ Buffen  
14:21 +3 Marlon Taylor made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Trendon Watford 34-47
14:05   Personal foul on Skylar Mays  
13:53 +2 Khadim Sy made layup, assist by Blake Hinson 36-47
13:41   Out of bounds turnover on Darius Days  
13:25 +2 Devontae Shuler made layup 38-47
13:10   Bad pass turnover on Trendon Watford, stolen by Bryce Williams  
13:02   Bryce Williams missed layup, blocked by Trendon Watford  
13:00   Defensive rebound by Trendon Watford  
12:51   Personal foul on Khadim Sy  
12:50 +2 Javonte Smart made layup, assist by Aundre Hyatt 38-49
12:50   Shooting foul on Carlos Curry  
12:50 +1 Javonte Smart made free throw 38-50
12:29   Breein Tyree missed jump shot, blocked by Marlon Taylor  
12:27   Defensive rebound by Marlon Taylor  
12:09 +3 Marlon Taylor made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Javonte Smart 38-53
11:40   Devontae Shuler missed jump shot  
11:38   Defensive rebound by Emmitt Williams  
11:31   Marlon Taylor missed layup  
11:29   Offensive rebound by Marlon Taylor  
11:28   Marlon Taylor missed layup  
11:26   Defensive rebound by Blake Hinson  
11:26   Unsportsmanlike technical foul on LSU  
11:26 +1 Breein Tyree made 1st of 2 free throws 39-53
11:26   Breein Tyree missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
11:08   Blake Hinson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:06   Offensive rebound by KJ Buffen  
11:05 +2 KJ Buffen made layup 41-53
10:39 +2 Javonte Smart made layup 41-55
10:20   Bryce Williams missed jump shot, blocked by Emmitt Williams  
10:18   Defensive rebound by Trendon Watford  
9:49   Javonte Smart missed jump shot  
9:47   Offensive rebound by Aundre Hyatt  
9:47   Aundre Hyatt missed jump shot  
9:45   Offensive rebound by Trendon Watford  
9:45   Shooting foul on Blake Hinson  
9:45   Trendon Watford missed free throw  
9:45   Defensive rebound by KJ Buffen  
9:33   Lost ball turnover on KJ Buffen, stolen by Javonte Smart  
9:27   Javonte Smart missed layup  
9:26   Offensive rebound by Marlon Taylor  
9:26 +2 Marlon Taylor made dunk 41-57
8:56 +2 Khadim Sy made layup, assist by Breein Tyree 43-57
8:39 +2 Javonte Smart made floating jump shot 43-59
8:20   Austin Crowley missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:18   Defensive rebound by Marlon Taylor  
8:07 +2 Javonte Smart made jump shot 43-61
7:54   Personal foul on Marlon Taylor  
7:50   Breein Tyree missed jump shot  
7:48   Defensive rebound by Aundre Hyatt  
7:33   Marlon Taylor missed jump shot  
7:31   Offensive rebound by Aundre Hyatt  
7:28   Aundre Hyatt missed layup, blocked by KJ Buffen  
7:28   Offensive rebound by Darius Days  
7:28   Turnover on Darius Days  
7:04   Bad pass turnover on Austin Crowley  
6:50 +3 Darius Days made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Javonte Smart 43-64
6:26   Breein Tyree missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:24   Offensive rebound by Khadim Sy  
6:21   Khadim Sy missed jump shot  
6:19   Defensive rebound by Emmitt Williams  
6:12   Personal foul on Bryce Williams  
6:12   Skylar Mays missed free throw  
6:12   Defensive rebound by Khadim Sy  
5:59   Shooting foul on Darius Days  
5:59