The Rebels moved their record to 5-0 tonight with a 46-point win over Lipscomb (2-2), their largest margin of victory so far this season. It was a blowout from the get-go as Ole Miss jumped out to a 17-2 lead with the Bisons failing to bring it closer than 20 points after 3:48 remained in the opening half. Ten of the twelve Rebels who played scored a field goal with four of them scoring in double-figures.
Murphy Holloway starred once again for Andy Kennedy’s club, scoring 23 points on 9-13 shooting to go along with 8 rebounds. He scored 9 straight points for the Rebels in the second half and finished with just 24 minutes. It seemed as though Holloway could bully around the low-block defenders from Lipscomb, with limited resistence coming his way for most of the night.
After a feverish start to the season, Marshall Henderson has cooled down the last couple of games. After shooting 2-10 from three last game, he was 2-12 from long range this game, finishing with 10 points on 3-14 shooting. You can’t expect shooters to be on every game, so this is no cause for concern for Rebel fans. There is cause for optimism with Henderson however, as he got involved in other aspects of the game, finished with 7 rebounds, 5 assists, and two steals without turning the ball over once.
Senior Reginald Buckner also had a good game today following a quality showing last week. Buckner finished with 10 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 blocks. His 5th block of the game moved him into 14th on the SEC career blocks list with 242, passing Auburn’s Mamadou N’diaye. Buckner’s presence sent trembles through the Bisons as they appeared scared to enter the paint against the Rebel big man.
The Ole Miss starting five outscored the Lipscomb starting five 61-13, a statistic that could have been much worse had Kennedy not put the breaks on midway through the second half. Ole Miss demolished the Bisons in the turnover battle with a +17 differential. The Rebel starting five turned the ball over just 3 times, twice by Nick Williams and once by Holloway.
Williams was 3-5 from downtown and finished the game with 14 points. Jarvis Summers controlled the offense well and ended the game with 6 assists. Despite missing a late-game dunk, freshman Martavious Newby had a good game, logging 6 of the team’s 20 steals.
Stephen Hurt led the Bisons in scoring and rebounds, coming off the bench to add 14 points and 7 rebounds. He was 7-11 from the field and was the only player on Lipscomb who shot above 34 percent. John Ross Glover also added 12 points off the bench. Seven Bison players who entered the game failed to make a field goal, including three starters. The 24.5 percent shooting by the Bison was their worst outing of the year offensively, and the best of the year for the Rebels.
Lipscomb will return to play Monday with a home date against Murray State at 6:30.
Ole Miss has a long layoff, with their next game coming next Saturday in the SEC-Big East challenge against Rutgers at 1:00.