For the first time in 76 years, the Ole Miss Rebel basketball team has won their first four conference games.
In a game marred by an electrical blink, Ole Miss was able to dispose of the visiting Arkansas Razorbacks by a score of 76-64. The Rebels have won all four of their conference games by double-digits, averaging a win margin of 13.8 ppg.
Marshall Henderson led the way for the Rebels, scoring 16 points, grabbing 5 rebounds, and picking up 5 steals. The SEC’s leading scorer has come through so far in league-play. He provided his typical high motor by running all over the floor and finding himself near the ball more often than not. His breakaway dunk was less than a minute before the power outage, sealing his guilt for the incident on Twitter.
Murphy Holloway and Reginald Buckner appeared to be the strongest big men on the floor at all times, with both registering double-doubles. Holloway had 15 points and 11 rebounds and was the subject of a lot of physicality from the Razorbacks. Buckner added 10 points, 10 rebounds, and 4 blocks on the day. The two were unmistakably dominant and led the way to the Rebels winning the rebounding battle 41-38.
Jarvis Summers scored 14 points and dished out a season-high 7 assists. He drove well to the rim and had a strong offensive showing aside from a rare turnover bug. Summers had a previous high of 2 turnovers this year, before committing 5 against Arkansas. Suffice it to say that future opponents will note the success of aggressive play on Summers in this one, after he was badgered by the Hog guards all day.
Snoop White scored 7 points after earning another start. Nick Williams scored 14 points off the bench, including 13 in the second half. Aaron Jones also added 5 rebounds in 15 minutes of play.
Marshawn Powell had 16 points and 4 blocks for Arkansas in the loss. Potential 2013 first-rounder BJ Young added 14 points, 4 rebounds, and 5 assists as well. Hunter Mickelson proved to be a thorn in the Rebel side all game, going 5-9 for 10 points, while pulling down 8 rebounds and blocking 3 shots.
After the Rebels ended the Vanderbilt game with a flurry, they closed out Arkansas almost as strong. After the Razorbacks fought back from a 13-point deficit to tie the game at 52 with 10:09 remaining. Williams and Henderson combined to knock down a trio of momentum-swinging threes that pushed Ole Miss to a 24-12 run to close the game.
Arkansas fell to 11-6 on the season, including 2-2 in conference play. The Razorbacks have played the likes of Wisconsin, Syracuse, and Michigan tight, but have yet to register a signature win. While that opportunity may not come until a Feb. 5 home date against Florida, they can get back on track with a slew of winnable SEC games in the meantime. Their next game will be on Wednesday when they take on Mississippi State (7-9, 2-2) in Fayetteville at 8 p.m. CT.
Ole Miss (15-2, 4-0) is one of just two unbeaten teams in SEC play, joining the No.10 Florida Gators. The Rebels will return to the court on Thursday against Tennessee (9-7, 1-3), a team they already defeated 92-74 earlier this season, at 6 p.m. CT inside the Tad Smith Coliseum.