Ole Miss 78, MSU 66

A few quick notes as they’re breaking down stuff in the Georgia Dome.

It was a very slow start for Marshall Henderson and Jarvis Summers while State was knocking down shots. Ole Miss has to have those two guys shoot well and score to win games, and down the stretch they did that.

Both finished with 21 points. Henderson was 7-for-19 from 3, 36.8 percent, one of this better games of the last month.

Here’s the Ole Miss postgame:


Summers was 7-for-17 shooting, 3-for-4 from 3.

Throughout the comeback there were big plays from the supporting cast, whether a driving layup from LaDarius White to take the lead, big shots from Sebastian Saiz or a big 3 from Anthony Perez. There were contributions across the board that haven’t been there many times this season.

There was a time during the game that Ole Miss was minus-8 on the glass. They finished minus-1, covering a lot of ground in that comeback from a 13-point deficit.

There were big minutes from Demarco Cox. Kennedy addresses that in the quotes below. Minutes after Kennedy was talking about continents and understanding the rivalry, Sebastian Saiz was on Twitter indicating he has a pretty good grasp of the Ole Miss-MSU thing:

So, it’s Ole Miss and Georgia in the late game Friday, which it’s actually already Friday in this time zone.

I hope to add video to this blog when I get back to the room.

Here’s Kennedy from the postgame:

“My sense of urgency kicks in at 9 a.m. It takes them another 12 or 13 hours. Eventually the message gets in.

“When you make shots, it’s amazing how much energy you have. When you miss shots that energy goes away quickly.

“The first half they were making shots. They were hopping all around the gym. We couldn’t make one. I was just trying to stay in the game. ‘Let’s just stay in the game, stay in the game.’ The script got flipped in the second half. They were struggling a little bit. We were zoning them, gapping them. We started doing a better job on the glass in the last 10 minutes. It ends up about even. We turned them over some. We made plays in the open floor.

“We were determined to get Jarvis in some ball-screen action and put some pressure on the rim as opposed to settling, settling, settling from the perimeter. Marshall’s going to be Marshall, but we can’t fall in love with jump shots. We’ve got to drive the ball. Once we started making shots I thought we had a lot more energy down the stretch.

“They could feel the momentum start to turn. They were in complete control of the game. We kept coming, kept coming, kept coming. We go from being up two to being up eight to being up 12. That’s when they got a little bit slower, and that’s when Marshall had a chance to put down a couple of daggers, and he did.”

(On Henderson and Summers)

These are our two all-league players, and those are the guys that have to make the plays. We design everything for them to be in position to make a play. Marshall was right. In the first half he had two or three looks that were right there and they rattled out, and State’s going down and knocking them down. I thought his looks were pretty similar. We changed a few angles because of the way they were guarding. They were guarding Marshall on the opposite side of the basket. We adjusted some angles.”

(On the play of Demarco Cox)

I went to the Mississippi guy early. Sometimes we can say, ‘Hey, this is a rivalry.’ When you play and say if you lose the season’s over, which is in essence what we were doing tonight. You hope that would be all the motivation you need. Sometime when you’re 18 years old and from another continent you don’t quite understand that. So I wanted to go with guys from this continent that understood, especially that Mississippi State and Ole Miss … hopefully that would motivate Bear, so I went to him early, and he responded for us.”

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

    This was so much like the game played in Starkville with one exception: Doug Shows Jr. was not officiating.

    This was not a ”great win”. Not when you beat the ”bottom of the barrel” in the SEC. It was a necessary win in order to move on in the tournament.

    Good luck to the Rebels tonight.

    BTW…Ole Miss-South Carolina baseball will be carried ”live” tonight at 6pm on ESPN3 (online) http://espn.go.com/watchespn/index#sport/baseball/type/upcoming/startDate/20140314/

    • Karl Hungus

      Not only the bottom of the barrel, but only 8 players and the Sharks still almost choked…State’s players showed heart, something every Ole Miss team lacks. That’s why they’ll always dream of Championships, instead of actually winning one.

      • Killer_Beeze

        Sorry Karl but you have it bassackwards. THE Rebels showed heart and perseverance being down at the beginning of the 2nd half 51-38 when the pups could’ve just buried them. BUT, instead the pups CHOKED and shot only 17% fgp because the Rebels turned on the defense and came alive and Marshall and Jarvis each hauled in 21 points.
        As for championships Karl…I believe the Ole Miss Rebels WON the SEC Tournament Championship last year. You might want to check that out.
        How convoluted can you get Karl. You definitely woke up this morning on the wrong side of the bed buddy.

        • Karl Hungus

          I was referring to National championships…it was 13 vs 8…of course that seems the Ole Miss way…see 7 players beat up 2 drunks at frat party..”allegedly”? Then laugh and cheer as they drive off..or see players yelling gay slurs at thespians…pitiful, but hey it is Ole Miss.

  • Karl Hungus

    You beat 8 scholarship players….wow! One senior…the rest are freshman and sophomores, oh and 5 walkons…great win! Indeed.

    • Killer_Beeze

      I do believe Karl Fungus is having a pity party. Drink up!
      BTW…THAT’s the way the game is played. IF you can’t compete with the big boyz get off the porch. woof woof

      • Karl Hungus

        It’s hard to have pity for the Sharkbears, but I really feel sorry for such a downtrodden and beleaguered school, like Ole Miss, but in this case I will make an exception. Welcome to the party,

        • Killer_Beeze

          The “Fungus Among Us”. Karl,do something constructive, like go sweep the porch so the big boyz will have a clean place to relax. You’re bore-ring.

    • TheGiantRebel

      Excuses! Not our problem the pups can’t field a decent team! Ya got beat!!!

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