Final: No. 1 Kentucky 89, Ole Miss 86 OT

Ole Miss bested most of Kentucky’s opponents to this point in the season, but the Rebels were not able to come up with a win as the Wildcats stretched their season-opening win streak to 14.

Bottom line is Ole Miss shot well enough to win, but as often happens, this close game was decided with a couple of crucial turnovers down the stretch and offensive rebounds by the winning team.

Here’s Andy Kennedy:

Moody finished 5-for-7 from 3 and struggled with cramps in the second half.

Ultimately, in a game that was still tied in overtime, he wasn’t able to shoot the free throws after being fouled on a 3-pointer. That was MJ Rhett, who was 1-for-3. The brief one-point lead didn’t stand, and Moody was never able to re-enter game

The Rebels shot 49.2 percent from the floor, 52.9 percent from the arc and were minus-2 on the glass. Minus-2 is the best any team has rebounded against Kentucky this year.

Here’s LaDarius White:

Moody led Ole Miss with 25 points. Jarvis Summers, playing through back spasms, had 23, and White had 15.

Ole Miss returns to action Saturday at home against South Carolina.

Stefan Moody is 4-for-5 from 3-point range. That’s the main reason Ole Miss leads No. 1 Kentucky at the break.

Somewhere in and among Moody’s 3s the Rebels starting gaining confidence and hitting other shots.

There have been times they’ve challenged Kentucky in the lane and have come away with the result so many have predicted – blocked or altered shots.

But on the whole the Rebels are shooting 50 percent from the floor, 62.5 percent from the arc.

Moody has 16 points and has scored at the rim as well as from the perimeter.

LaDarius White and Jarvis Summers are the Rebels’ next highest scorers with five points.

Ole Miss overcame deficits of 12-0 and 15-2 en route to its comeback.

Something is up with Summers’ health. He was getting extra treatment before the game, and he’s looked winded at different times during the game.

He played 13 minutes in the half.

The Rebels are in red and are on the floor warming up at Rupp. Here’s a look:

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

    If you didn’t watch the game on TV…you missed a nail biter. Who’d thought that a 23 point underdog Rebel team would take #1 Kentucky in their home gym into OT and lose by 3? I’m convinced that if Moody had not had serious leg cramps and was able to play those OT minutes, the Rebels might have won that game.
    I’m hoping the Rebels have found their ‘groove’ and after having played the best team in the land can take that experience forward and apply it to future games.

  • Lee814

    This game shows how much talent the Rebels truly have. It also shows that the Rebels have not lived up to their potential in many of their other games. The reason: lack of coaching. With the talent they have, the Rebels should be competing in all their games like this and winning more. However, the Rebels will probably play .500 ball in conference play and miss the NCAA again. Maybe at some point Bjork will say enough is enough.

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