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LSU cruises past No. 18 Ole Miss 83-69; 3-0 in SEC

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) Ole Miss freshman Blake Hinson went hard to the rim, rising up into the air to try and send home a huge one-handed dunk. The only problem was LSU's Kavell Bigby-Williams was right there to meet him, delivering a crushing two-handed block that crammed the ball back toward the floor.

The Rebels hadn't lost in nearly two months. That was about to change in a hurry.

Tremont Waters scored 20 points, Bigby-Williams had 14 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks, and LSU beat No. 18 Mississippi 83-69 on Tuesday night.

The 6-foot-11 Bigby-Williams had arguably his best game of the season just a few days after one of his worst. He had no points and no rebounds in 18 minutes against Arkansas on Saturday.

''He finished everything at the rim. He was a presence down there,'' Will Wade said. ''That's as good of a block as you'll see when he blocked Hinson.''

LSU (13-3, 3-0 Southeastern Conference) used an early 8-0 run in the second half to take a 48-39 lead. The Tigers maintained a healthy advantage from that point, playing tight defense and forcing several turnovers. Bigby-Williams said he believed his early blocks helped set the tone.

''I think just my presence alone altered some shots,'' he said.

Waters also had nine assists, and Skylar Mays scored 14 points. LSU has won six straight.

Ole Miss (13-3, 3-1) had its 10-game winning streak snapped. The Rebels hadn't lost since Nov. 24, when they fell 71-57 to Cincinnati. Terence Davis led the Rebels with 21 points and 10 rebounds. K.J. Buffen added 13 points.

''One of those games,'' Ole Miss coach Kermit Davis. ''We've got to let it go and have a short memory.''

Neither team played particularly well in the first half, with LSU and Ole Miss both shooting 36 percent from the field. Tyree had 12 points before the break, and the teams went into halftime tied at 31.

Wade said LSU had much better ball movement in the second half, which led to the win.

''We were just way too stagnant in the first half,'' Wade said. ''I thought the second half we moved the ball, moved their defense and made them guard us full court. We were able to get it down and finish in the paint.''

RESPECTING LSU

Ole Miss has received a lot of national attention after two impressive wins over nationally-ranked Auburn and Mississippi State. Now it might be LSU's turn to get back into the spotlight.

The Tigers were highly-regarded at the beginning of the season, starting at No. 23 in the AP preseason poll. But three losses during nonconference play knocked them out of the rankings.

LSU might be back soon.

''We've got to earn our way back,'' Wade said. ''Just like Ole Miss earned it with two top-15 wins last week.''

HURTING SHULER

Kermit Davis said guard Devontae Shuler has been battling a foot injury and will be evaluated on Wednesday. The 6-foot-2 guard finished with just six points in 31 minutes.

If Shuler misses any time, he would be difficult for the Rebels to replace. The team's rotation is usually only eight players deep.

''We don't have much margin for error,'' Kermit Davis said.

BIG PICTURE

LSU: It's another good win for LSU, which has quietly established itself as one of the SEC's elite teams. The Tigers are extremely athletic in the post and should cause problems for plenty of teams around the league.

Ole Miss: The Rebels were probably due for some sort of regression and struggled in their return to the national rankings for the first time since 2013. They didn't play very well offensively, and their 16 turnovers were particularly costly. Ole Miss will still take its 3-1 league start, but a big home game against Arkansas looms on Saturday.

''We just went on a 10-game win streak. That's not easy,'' Terence Davis said.

UP NEXT

LSU returns home and hosts South Carolina on Saturday.

Ole Miss hosts Arkansas on Saturday.

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Key Players
T. Waters
3 G
D. Shuler
2 G
32.9 Min. Per Game 32.9
10.6 Pts. Per Game 10.6
3.1 Ast. Per Game 3.1
4.2 Reb. Per Game 4.2
43.1 Field Goal % 45.8
32.0 Three Point % 38.9
77.2 Free Throw % 82.9
  Defensive rebound by Ja'vonte Smart 27.0
  Breein Tyree missed 3-pt. jump shot 29.0
+ 2 Naz Reid made dunk, assist by Skylar Mays 39.0
  Defensive rebound by Skylar Mays 51.0
  Devontae Shuler missed 2nd of 2 free throws 51.0
+ 1 Devontae Shuler made 1st of 2 free throws 51.0
  Personal foul on Kavell Bigby-Williams 51.0
+ 1 Tremont Waters made 2nd of 2 free throws 57.0
+ 1 Tremont Waters made 1st of 2 free throws 57.0
  Personal foul on Bruce Stevens 57.0
  Defensive rebound by Tremont Waters 57.0
Team Stats
Points 83 69
Field Goals 27-57 (47.4%) 26-64 (40.6%)
3-Pointers 9-19 (47.4%) 8-28 (28.6%)
Free Throws 20-30 (66.7%) 9-17 (52.9%)
Total Rebounds 40 42
Offensive 10 8
Defensive 27 24
Team 3 10
Assists 17 14
Steals 10 8
Blocks 7 3
Turnovers 13 16
Fouls 20 23
Technicals 0 0
20 PTS, 4 REB, 9 AST
21 PTS, 10 REB, 3 AST
12T
away team logo LSU 13-3 315283
home team logo 18 Ole Miss 13-3 313869
Team Stats
away team logo LSU 13-3 81.4 PPG 41.2 RPG 13.1 APG
home team logo 18 Ole Miss 13-3 75.4 PPG 38.1 RPG 14.3 APG
Key Players
3
T. Waters G 15.1 PPG 2.9 RPG 5.9 APG 43.4 FG%
3
T. Davis G 15.1 PPG 5.8 RPG 3.4 APG 44.5 FG%
Top Scorers
T. Waters G 20 PTS 4 REB 9 AST
T. Davis G 21 PTS 10 REB 3 AST
47.4 FG% 40.6
47.4 3PT FG% 28.6
66.7 FT% 52.9
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Waters 20 4 9 6/11 2/4 6/8 2 29 3 0 4 1 3
S. Mays 14 5 4 3/10 3/7 5/7 1 34 1 0 2 1 4
K. Bigby-Williams 14 10 0 5/7 0/0 4/6 5 28 1 5 1 4 6
M. Taylor 12 5 2 5/8 2/4 0/1 0 31 2 0 1 0 5
N. Reid 9 4 0 4/8 0/1 1/2 3 25 2 1 2 1 3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Waters 20 4 9 6/11 2/4 6/8 2 29 3 0 4 1 3
S. Mays 14 5 4 3/10 3/7 5/7 1 34 1 0 2 1 4
K. Bigby-Williams 14 10 0 5/7 0/0 4/6 5 28 1 5 1 4 6
M. Taylor 12 5 2 5/8 2/4 0/1 0 31 2 0 1 0 5
N. Reid 9 4 0 4/8 0/1 1/2 3 25 2 1 2 1 3
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Smart 8 3 0 3/10 2/3 0/0 2 26 0 0 1 0 3
E. Williams 6 3 1 1/2 0/0 4/6 4 14 0 1 0 1 2
D. Days 0 3 1 0/1 0/0 0/0 3 13 1 0 2 2 1
M. Graves - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Edwards - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Kingsby - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Cooper - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Reese - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Hyatt - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 83 37 17 27/57 9/19 20/30 20 200 10 7 13 10 27
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Davis 21 10 3 8/20 4/9 1/2 4 35 2 0 3 3 7
B. Tyree 12 2 1 5/11 2/7 0/0 2 36 0 0 6 1 1
D. Olejniczak 7 5 0 3/7 0/0 1/2 3 19 1 1 1 1 4
D. Shuler 6 2 6 1/6 1/4 3/4 2 31 1 0 1 0 2
B. Hinson 5 1 1 2/8 1/5 0/2 2 29 1 0 1 0 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Davis 21 10 3 8/20 4/9 1/2 4 35 2 0 3 3 7
B. Tyree 12 2 1 5/11 2/7 0/0 2 36 0 0 6 1 1
D. Olejniczak 7 5 0 3/7 0/0 1/2 3 19 1 1 1 1 4
D. Shuler 6 2 6 1/6 1/4 3/4 2 31 1 0 1 0 2
B. Hinson 5 1 1 2/8 1/5 0/2 2 29 1 0 1 0 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
K. Buffen 13 5 1 5/5 0/0 3/5 5 19 3 0 2 2 3
B. Stevens 5 6 1 2/6 0/3 1/2 4 20 0 1 2 1 5
D. Davis 0 1 1 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 8 0 0 0 0 1
L. Rodriguez 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 3 0 1 0 0 0
A. Morgano - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Z. Naylor - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. McBride - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Curry - - - - - - - - - - - - -
F. Miller Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Halums - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 69 32 14 26/64 8/28 9/17 23 200 8 3 16 8 24