The Tigers got another important victory Saturday afternoon to move into 4th place in the conference. The game started out slow for both teams, then Ole Miss exploded in the first half taking a 25-15 lead. The Tigers were struggling on offense, and Jordan Mickey was being shut down by the Rebel defense. LSU went on a 8-1 run at the end of the first half to make the halftime score 27-23 Ole Miss.
At the beginning of the second half a couple of three-pointers by Keith Hornsby and Jalyn Patterson gave The Tigers a 31-29 lead, and got the crowd excited. LSU jumped out to a 54-42 lead on a three by Hornsby, and The Rebels were not able to come within nine after that. The Tigers controlled the pace of the game from about 15 minutes left.
The star of the game was guard Tim Quarterman. He had a triple-double with 18 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. It was the first triple-double at LSU since Shaqueille O'Neal in 1992. Jarell Martin also had 18 points, and Keith Hornsby added 16 for The Tigers. Jordan Mickey scored all 11 of his points in the second half, and had four blocks. Ole Miss' Stefan Moody had 15 points for The Rebels, but LSU was able to contain him well, especially in the second half.
LSU improved to 13-3 at home and 21-8 on the season. The victory also clenched The Tiger's first winning conference record since 2008-09, the last time LSU made the NCAA tournament. The Tigers are now tied with Ole Miss for fourth place in the conference, but own the tie-breaker. The team will host Tennessee Wednesday night in the PMAC for the final home game of the season.