We got our first road win of the season yesterday in pretty convincing fashion. LSU jumped out to a 12-0 lead and Ole Miss never came closer than 10 points behind after that.
It was an epic rout.
Ole Miss just couldn't keep up with us yesterday. There was really nothing else to it besides that.
Yes, lest I be labeled a hypocrite, Ole Miss was hurt by some pretty dodgy officiating. They attempted only 5 free throws to our 16, and didn't get their first free throw attempt until only a few minutes were left in the game. They were hurt by a couple of offensive fouls that probably should have gone the other way, and a couple of no-calls that were probably fouls on us, as well as one uncalled goaltending.
Still, a properly officiated game would, perhaps, have been a handful of points closer, but we won by 32. It could have been worse. Towards the end of the game, we went 3 minutes without scoring, while Ole Miss crept the score a little closer. We could have won by 40.
In yesterday's game thread, it was pointed out that Chris Johnson has been playing a lot better lately than he had earlier in the season. He splits time on the court with Quentin Thornton, and they are rarely on the court together, and rarely is neither one on the court. Against South Carolina, they combined for 16 points, 12 rebounds, 6 assists, 6 blocks, 2 turnovers, and only a few fouls. That's a pretty good stat line for a position that is supposed to be the weakest on the team.
Against Ole Miss, they had 15 points, 16 rebounds, 3 assists, 4 blocks, 1 turnover, and only 2 fouls. They spent a lot more time on the court together this time though. If the center position continues holding its own on the scoreboard and on the boards, this could end up being a pretty decent team.