Final: MSU 76, Ole Miss 72

Big Picture: Ole Miss finishes Marshall Henderson’s SEC banishment at 1-1. He’s back next week. Ole Miss played hard and fought, showing improvement, but State’s not one of the better teams in the league.

The Rebels were better on the glass, plus-10, but lost because they turned the ball over 16 times. MSU dominated points off turnovers, 25-8.

In the best of circumstances Ole Miss doesn’t usually win at Humphrey Coliseum. The Rebels had their chances but didn’t make the big plays late after leading 66-61 with 4:58 left.

Turning Point: With Ole Miss up five late MSU went on a 7-0 run. During that stretch, Sebastian Saiz missed a tip-in, Anthony Perez missed bad on a 3-pointer early in a possession, and Derrick Millinghaus turned the ball over in the lane trying to get it to Perez, who then fouled.

Who’s Your Daddy? MSU’s Roquez Johnson had 20 points on 7-for-12 shooting. Craig Sword was 0-for-7 from the floor but 15-for-18 from the free throw line as the Bulldogs routinely got past the Rebels and drew fouls.

Jarvis Summers had 23 for Ole Miss, 7-for-15 from the floor, 3-for-7 from the arc, 6-for-6 from the free throw line.

Of Interest: MSU shot 42 free throws (hit 28) compared to 12 free throw attempts for Ole Miss. Much of that was due to Ole Miss not trying to get to the line in the first half but settling for jump shots. There were some questionable calls too.

Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy went with his younger players more in the second half because he liked their energy. He implied change could be coming in the frontcourt. There was at least one possession when the Ole Miss frontcourt was Anthony Perez, Dwight Coleby and Janari Joesaar, a sophomore and two freshmen. See more in the video.

Next Up: The Rebels are at home Wednesday night at 8 against LSU.

Here’s Kennedy:


Ole Miss started attacking late and got to the free throw line more. The Rebels started off shooting well, but it’s hard to keep that pace, especially without Marshall Henderson.

Colin Borchert hit some 3s and help MSU get in front. The Bulldogs have remained in front, because they’re beating the Rebels down the floor. They’re having lots of chances to get out in transition, because Ole Miss has turned it over 11 times while forcing only three.

Ole Miss is plus-4 on the glass, an improvement. Seemed as though MSU coach Rick Ray tried to go to center Gavin Ware, 6-9, 270, more later in the half. Then Ware picked up his second foul and sat down. I expect him to be a factor in the second half.

Ole Miss was in pretty good position down five with a defensive stop and the last shot, but Derrick Millinghaus lost the ball, and the Bulldogs got an easy transition basket on the other end just before the buzzer.

Both teams are shooting 40.6 percent. Millinghaus leads Ole Miss with 11 points. Roquez Johnson and Colin Borchert each have 11 for MSU. Craig Sword has eight for the Dogs, all at the free throw line where he’s 8-for-10.


A little pre-game video here with the Rebels stretching and shooting. MSU has just come onto the floor. We’re about 25 minutes from the tip.


Denham Springs, La., native, Mississippian since 1989 with a stop in Meridian before arriving in Tupelo. Daily Journal beat writer since 1996, covering Ole Miss since 2002. Proud Northeast Louisiana alum. Follow me on Twitter @parrishalford and listen to John Davis and myself daily with The Ole Miss Beat on Rebel Sports Radio.

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  • Killer_Beeze

    IMO that was a blatantly one-sided called game. Correct me if I’m wrong but Doug Shows and his daddy Doug,Sr. have close ties to the State program. I know Doug,Sr. was a sports announcer on WCBI-TV for a long time and a big State fan.
    I was shocked to see Jarvis being fouled–TWICE–in the final minute and they were not called by Shows. That would have put Summers on the line with a chance to extend the lead and win the game.
    I hope the SEC commissioner and his office review this game for any misconduct on the part of the referees.

    • Parrish Alford

      Beeze, I’m reluctant to blame any loss on officiating. The free throw differential was huge — out of line I think — but I have this constant mental picture of MSU players driving past Ole Miss defenders and getting to the rim. Got to play better defense.

      • Killer_Beeze

        I don’t disagree with your assessment of the defensive play. It definitely needs to improve. I’m angry over the two obvious fouls on Summers in the last minute…that the officials did not called. That is not right IMO.

        • Parrish Alford

          I agree. I don’t want to excuse the officiating. It was inconsistent and factored into the outcome.

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