After a demoralizing road loss to MTSU, the Rebels get back to their winning way Friday with a 77-55 win over ETSU. Ole Miss held ETSU to 32.7 percent from the field and forced 22 turnovers. Andy Kennedy’s bunch put a lot of pressure on an undermanned Buccaneer team that played just seven players.
Marshall Henderson shot the ball extremely well last night, scoring a game-high 22 points. After poor shooting from the Rebel newcomer in the last couple of games, Henderson rebounded to shoot 7-15 from the field, including 6-12 from three. Once he got hot, he threw up a couple prayers, ones that were answered. The junior added 6 rebounds and 2 steals.
The Rebels moved the ball around well, including one second half possession that saw five consecutive passes leading to an easy Murphy Holloway bucket. Holloway finished one rebound shy of another double-double, adding 10 points and 2 blocks to his 9 rebounds. Reginald Buckner scored 11 points, grabbed 8 boards, and blocked 3 shots to provide his routine production.
Five different Rebels recorded multiple steals, including 3 by Derrick Millinghaus. After an abysmal road debut against MTSU, Millinghaus provided a spark off the bench, scoring 9 points and adding 2 assists as well. Fellow freshman Martavious Newby also played well off the bench, totaling 6 rebounds and 6 assists on the night.
Ole Miss caught the turnover bug again, committing 18 on the night. The only Rebel out of the 11 who saw action that did not turn the ball over was Demarco Cox. Despite being +4 in the turnover margin, the Rebels will have to improve upon their recent turnover woes.
Lester Wilson led the Bucs in scoring with 14 points to go along with his 7 rebounds. Forward Hunter Harris added 9 points and had game-highs in rebounds (12) and turnovers (6).
With the loss, ETSU fell to 2-6 and have now lost three in a row. The Buccaneers will retake the floor on Tuesday when they face Charleston Southern, a team they beat earlier this season. Tipoff is at 6 p.m. at the MSHA Athletic Center in Johnson City, Tenn.
The Rebels improved to 7-1 on the season, the third best record in the SEC behind #11 Missouri and #5 Florida. For the first time since they took on New Mexico in 2008, the Rebels will head further west than the central time zone when they face Loyola Marymount on Wednesday. The game will tipoff in Los Angeles at 10 p.m. from the Albert Gersten Pavilion.