In a game that was easily their worst performance of the year, Ole Miss almost pulled out an ugly win. With the ball game tied under a minute to go, Kerry Hammonds hit a jumper to put the Blue Raiders up two. On the other end of the floor, Ole Miss had a chance to take the lead on a wide open three by Murphy Holloway. Unfortunately, the ball failed to nick rim and down came the Rebel dreams of a road victory, with the final score coming to 65-62.
Ole Miss outrebounded the Raiders 31-26 including Holloway and Reginald Buckner leading the way with 9 each. Marshall Henderson, the target of the student section harassment, finished with a game-high 17 points, including 15 in the second half. Henderson continued his struggles from the field, shooting 3-12 from three-point range, but showed maturity as his quality of play increased as the crowd’s tormenting got worse.
What proved fatal for the Rebels was the surprisingly bad turnover ratio. Coming into the game with the best margin in the country, the Rebels committed 17 turnovers, while forcing just 13. Snoop White accounted for 3 turnovers in his 16 minutes, never being able to provide the athletic boost off the bench that coach Andy Kennedy had hoped for. Freshman Derrick Millinghaus made his return, but glaringly showed his youth. In just 6 minutes, Millinghaus committed 4 turnovers, 2 fouls, and proved to be a catalyst in MTSU’s 11-0 run in the opening half.
Marcos Knight provided 14 points, while his brother Tweety scored 9 off the bench. Raymond Cintron was the only other Blue Raider to score in double-figures, finishing with 10. This was the first time all season that a team finished a game with more blocks and steals than Ole Miss.
MTSU improved to 7-2 with the win, and will return to action Thursday when they take on Belmont in Nashville.
Ole Miss fell to 6-1 with the loss, and will make a much needed trip back to the Tad Pad on Friday when they take on East Tennessee State at 7 p.m.