Rebels comeback in style to beat the HAIL out of State.
The Rebels had to come from behind in the 2nd half to top Mississippi State in the 6th game of the 2014 SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament. To say-the-less, it was a dramatic and electrifying performance for Rebel fans to watch. Both, Marshall Henderson and Jarvis Summers would shoot a combined total 42 points, sending Ole Miss to the 3rd round of the tournament, and keeping the quest to back-to-back championships alive.
It was a rocky first half for the Rebels. Mississippi State started out the game with a 10-0 lead. Ole Miss was not able to put their first points on the board until the game had reached three and a half minutes of play. Marshall Henderson was held to 9 points off of 3 three-pointers in the first half. The Bulldogs took a commanding 44-35 lead into the locker room, due to dominating performances from Craig Sword and Fred Thomas.
Things didn’t look too promising for the Rebels to start the half. In the first minutes of the 2nd half, the Bulldogs took their biggest lead of the night, 51-38. That lead would soon diminish as the Rebels pulled out an 8-0 run, that was sealed by an amazing Henderson three pointer. The lead was then cut to five, 51-46.
Ole Miss would soon take their first lead of the night with 8:11 remaining. They would take a one point lead, 57-56. This would follow with a series of ties, ending at 59-59. Then the Rebels took the commanding lead with a three-point play by Aaron Jones and a three-pointer by Jarvis Summers, sending the Rebels to a 65-60 lead.
Henderson would connect an amazing off balance three-pointer, stretching the lead to eight points. He would soon connect another three-pointer to bring the Rebels to a 71-60 lead.
The ball was in the hands of Henderson, while bleeding away the remaining ticks on the clock. The Rebels won 78-66, eliminated the Bulldogs from the tournament, and advanced to Game 10 of the SEC Tournament. They held the Bulldogs to just 22 total points in the 2nd half.
Marshall Henderson made all of his 21 total points from behind the arch. He would connect 7 three-pointers on 21 attempts. He would also pick up 3 rebounds and one assist on the night. Henderson has now extended his SEC record to 65 consecutive games with at least one three-pointer made.
Like Henderson, Jarvis Summers started the 1st half rough, but got things going in the 2nd half. Summers matched Henderson’s 21 points (both lead in scoring for both teams). Summers also picked up 4 rebounds, 6 assists, and was 4/6 from the free throw line.
Some notable Rebels who had a good night were Anthony Perez, Aaron Jones, and Demarco Cox. For Anthony Perez, the sophomore had 10 total points on the night, while adding 5 total rebounds. It was Aaron Jones’ three-point play that propelled the Rebels into the commanding lead. Jones had 7 points and 3 rebounds to end the night. Cox was perfect from the free throw line, 4-4. He would have a combined total off 8 points with 6 rebounds.
Ole Miss now improves to 19-13 on the season with the win over Mississippi State. They will now head to Game 10 to take on third seed rank Georgia. Georgia upset Ole Miss, 61-60, in their lone regular season match up.