I’ve gotten so used to seeing consistency from Jarvis Summers, as most people have, that I was shocked to see his sub-par game in the Rebels’ season-opening 66-65 loss to Charleston Southern.
Even with Summers at less than his best the Rebels had many chances to win that game but didn’t close it out. It may be a loss that stings long-term.
Summers was just 3-for-13 shooting – 1-for-9 from 3 – and fouled out after 23 minutes against Charleston Southern.
They’ll need much more from Summers as the season progresses, and he delivered much more in a bounce back game in the Rebels’ 74-64 win at Troy on Monday.
Ole Miss is back in action tonight against Southern University at Tad Smith Coliseum. It’s a doubleheader, so the men’s game will start about 7:30.
Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy said Summers’ debut game was about the rust from missing much of October with a high ankle sprain.
“He’d missed a lot of practice time, and he’s still not back to 100 percent. A high ankle sprain is a peculiar injury, and it can linger and linger. It really cut down on his practice reps, and it hurt his conditioning,” Kennedy said.
Charleston Southern played Ole Miss almost exclusively in zone defense once it became apparent the Rebels were going to struggle to make shots from outside.
Rebounding was better against Troy, but shooting was not.
Ole Miss scored 40 points in the paint, most of it by Summers, who was 8-for-15 shooting for a game-high 21 points.
Perimeter shooting is something the Rebels will hope to improve tonight.
Defense has been pretty good in two games. Opponents are shooting just 32.5 percent from the floor and 23.4 percent from the arc.
Ole Miss has been little better, however, with just 39.8 percent from the floor and 22 percent from the arc.
Southern is 1-1 this season with a win over LSU-Alexandria and a loss to Louisiana Tech.
The Jags won the SWAC last year going 19-13 overall and 15-3 in league play. Five of its top seven scorers from that team are gone.