Marshall Henderson continued his hot shooting from Friday night with a 4-9 performance from deep last night in a 73-70 victory over Loyola Marymount. Murphy Holloway, Nick Williams, and Jarvis Summers also finished in double-figures for Andy Kennedy’s club. Holloway scored 16 points to go along with 14 rebounds and proved to yet again be a catalyst to Rebel success. Reginald Buckner had 9 points and 10 rebounds in limited action.
The Rebels improved on a few of their issues, limiting their fouls to 16, four down from Friday night. Holloway limited his fouls to 2, a big plus for the Rebels if he can keep that up and stay on the court. Summers and Buckner each had four, numbers that will have to go down. Ole Miss also turned the ball over just 12 times, forcing 17.
Summers controlled the game at the point, tallying 4 steals and turning the ball over just once. He appears to be the calming influence of the offense as the tempo is much slower than when Derrick Millinghaus is in the game. Most of the Rebel production came from the starting five, while the bench who weren’t as productive as they have been lately, provided little drop off.
The Rebels cruised to an 11-point halftime lead, but let it disintegrate as the game rolled on. The game was within three points under a minute when Henderson stole the ball, was fouled, and sent to the line for a 1-and-1. An 89 percent free throw shooter coming in, Henderson had made just 4-6 leading up to that free throw, which clanked off the rim. Anthony Ireland darted down the court and got an open look at a tying three. The shot hit the front rim, allowing Ireland to run in for the rebound and throw up a quick teardrop which also went awry as the buzzer sounded.
Ireland led the Lions in scoring with 17 as the Lions had similar production from their starting five and bench for that matter. Like the Rebels, four Lion starters finished in double-digits and the other finished with 9 points and 10 rebounds. The big problem for the Lions was the fast that stars Ashley Hamilton and Ireland combined for 13 of the team’s 17 turnovers.
With the loss, Loyola Marymount fell to 5-5 on the year and return to action when they travel to face Saint Louis (7-3) on Friday. The Billikens lost their beloved head coach Rick Majerus recently and have not lost since their coach’s passing.
Ole Miss moved to 8-1 on the season, good for second in the SEC. The Rebels are headed to Honolulu for the Hawaiian Airlines Diamondhead Classic. Ole Miss will open against Indiana State (5-3) Friday at 3 p.m. CT, 11 a.m. local time.