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BLOG: Rebels rout Louisiana Tech for fifth straight win

Four Rebels finished in double figures, which was more than enough with the way the defense clamped down on Louisiana Tech, and Ole Miss won its fifth straight game with a 99-80 victory Tuesday at C.M. “Tad” Smith Coliseum.

It was the 200th win at Ole Miss for head coach Andy Kennedy, who’s in his 10th season at the school.

Stefan Moody led Ole Miss (8-2) with 29 points to reach double figures for the 10th time this season while Rasheed Brooks had a career-high 20. Marcanvis Hymon and Tomasz Gielo added 14 and 13 points, respectively, for the Rebels, who scored the most points they have all season and also set season-highs in 3-pointers made (12) and field-goal percentage (57) to grab their first top-100 RPI win, according to the NCAA’s updated RPI rankings.

Ole Miss led 52-40 at the half, matching the most points it’s scored in any half all season, and never led by less than 11 the rest of the way. Brooks went 8 of 10 from the floor, including 4 of 5 from 3-point range, while Hymon made all six of his shots. Moody finished 10 of 22 from the field and added four assists.

A 10-0 run capped by a 3 from Brooks gave Ole Miss its largest lead at 83-56 with 7:07 left in the game. Erik McCree led Louisiana Tech (8-2) with 20 points while Alex Hamilton followed with 16.

Sebastian Saiz shot just twice but pulled down a game-high 15 rebounds for the Rebels, who limited Louisiana Tech to 44 percent shooting from the floor and 33 percent from 3-point range to snap the Bulldogs’ three-game winning streak. Ole Miss finished plus-5 on the glass, winning the rebounding margin for the ninth time in its 10 games.