The Ole Miss Comeback

As we look for the hows and whys of game stories there’s not much play-by-play included.

And while there’s a constant effort to pitch the story forward, sometimes we need to slow down and take a look at the play-by-play.

The Ole Miss comeback against South Carolina was impressive.

As well as Ole Miss played in the last 11 minutes that comeback was aided in part by the number of freshmen playing key roles for South Carolina.

It was impressive nonetheless, and here are the key plays, all of which did not make it into the game story:

10:53: Two free throws by Sindarius Thornwell puts South Carolina up 61-46

10:35: Marshall Henderson, whose free throw shooting has improved of late, hits two to make it 61-48. Henderson was 5-for-5 from the free throw line for the game.

10:04: Ole Miss forces a 3-point miss form Thornwell. He’s a freshman, and he had 24 points and 11 rebounds against the Rebels in Columbia. He was solid in the rematch with 20 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists.

9:50: A Jarvis Summers layup makes it 61-50.

9:37: A Carolina turnover.

9:22: Two free throws by LaDarius White gets the deficit under 10 at 61-52.

8:53: A Carolina turnover.

8:32: After Henderson misses a jumper, another Carolina turnover.

8:24: A layup by Dwight Coleby with an assist from White makes it 61-54.

8:11: Thornwell hits a 3 to put the Gamecocks back up 10 at 64-54.

7:43: White scores after getting an offensive rebound. 64-56.

6:42: Carolina gets one free throw. 65-56.

6:19: One free throw by Coleby makes it 65-57.

5:48: One free throw by Carolina’s Duane Notice and it’s 66-57.

5:37: Henderson fouled on a 3 and hits three free throws, 66-60.

5:12: A Thornwell missed jumper.

5:00: Two free throws by Aaron Jones, and it’s 66-62.

4:53: A Carolina turnover.

4:51: Steal near midcourt and layup by White, 66-64.

4:20: Missed 3-pointer, offensive rebound and turnover for Carolina.

4:00: 3-pointer by Jarvis Summers gives Ole Miss a 67-66 lead.

3:22: A Carolina turnover.

3:09: Missed jumper by Summers.

2:34: Two free throws by Brenton Williams makes it 68-67 Carolina.

2:05: A Carolina turnover by Thornwell. This stood out because Henderson and Summers were at the top of the zone. Henderson did a good of staying with Thornwell, who was unable to split the two of them. Henderson was credited with a steal.

1:32: After an offensive rebound by Sebastian Saiz, Summers scores in the paint. 71-68 Ole Miss.

59 Seconds: Missed 3-pointer by Carolina’s Williams.

54 Seconds: 1 free throw by Carolina makes it 71-69.

24 Seconds: Layup by Jones, assist by Summers, plus a Carolina foul. Jones’ free throw makes it a two-possession game, 74-69.

18 Seconds: A put-back by Carolina’s Mindaugas Kacinas, 74-71.

7 Seconds: 1 free throw by Summers, 75-71.

2 Seconds: Missed 3-pointer by Notice.

Before the start of the run, four different Ole Miss players had missed 3-pointers – most of them not close – in a span of 3:08.

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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  • rpmjr

    It will be a little tougher to repeat this on Tuesday. Kentucky’s bigs will have a field day, just like Tenn.

    • Parrish Alford

      Ole Miss could help its bigs by more consistently slowing or stopping dribble penetration.

    • Killer_Beeze

      Kentucky has 10 McDonald’s All-Americans on it’s team. They should be 21-0 with that much talent. They went and beat Missouri on the road 84-79 last Saturday.
      Unfortunately, I don’t see a win tonight for AK and the Rebels. IF Murphy Holloway and Reggie Buckner were still playing then it would be a chance. DeMarco Cox was suppose to be Reggie’s replacement but instead he’s been a big disappointment IMO. Colby needs a little more playing time to develop but will be good. Rebels biggest weakness: they do not defend well in transition and that’s a recipe for a Kentucky win.
      Prediction: Wildcats will go ‘wild’ tonight.

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