By Parrish Alford / NEMS Daily Journal
BATON ROUGE, La. – The advantage went to Ole Miss in its first game against former starting center Malcolm White, who transferred to LSU after the 2009 season.
White had two fouls before the game was four minutes old and was on the bench for much of the first half.
He played 21 minutes and finished with six points, four rebounds and five turnovers.
White expressed disappointment in the win, not in his personal performance.
“They made more plays and more shots. That’s what they do. They live and die by their shooting, and that is what they came out with the win.”
Warren’s free throw streak
n Chris Warren began the day with a streak of 33 made free throws, four off the school mark of 37 set by Dave Rhodes in the early 1970s. Rhodes’ 37 were all made in conference play which remains an SEC record. Warren’s are not all within the conference.
Against LSU, Warren hit his only two free throw attempts to extend his streak to 35.
Warren entered the game hitting free throws with a 94.7 success rate, No. 1 in the nation. If he finishes at 94.7 he’ll set an SEC record.
Final Four teams honored
n At halftime LSU honored its 1981 and 1986 Final Four teams.
Former players gathered on campus Friday night and were part of a pre-game autograph signing session Saturday.
LSU also reached the Final Four in 2006 under former coach John Brady, a Mississippian now coaching at Arkansas State. The 2006 team was not part of Saturday’s celebration.
In the basketball facilities arms race across the SEC, this is the first season for a sparkling new practice facility and administrative building at LSU. It adjoins the Pete Maravich Assembly Center on the northwest side.
n “We knew we were not an 0-4 team. We came out with mad energy in the second half. We enforced our will, and they were not able to hang with us.” – Ole Miss guard Nick Williams
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