Final: Ole Miss 79, MSU 73

Jarvis Summers was scoreless in the first half, playiing only nine minutes with foul trouble. He got off only two shots and missed them both.

He returned with a vengeance, scoring 22 points in the second half on 4-for-10 shooting. He was 12-for-15 from the free throw line.

Summers by himself attempted more free throws than MSU, and that would be a theme for Rick Ray’s presser.

Stefan Moody finished with 14 points, but he was 0-for-5 from 3-point range and is now 2-for-19 from the arc over the last three games.

Ole Miss won this game in spite of allowing MSU to shoot 55.6 percent and to win the glass plus-3.

(Think free throws.)

Anthony Perez was productive again. He played more – 17 minutes – and was 2-for-2 from 3-point range including a big one to tie the game at 60 with 6:12 left.

Summers hit a 3-pointer, drew the foul and hit the free throw seconds later as the Rebels surged.

I missed Andy Kennedy’s presser writing on deadline. I did hear him say he thought his team was much more aggressive offensively in the second half.

The Bulldogs were trying to push Summers – or whoever — away from the rim in the first half, and the Rebels were giving into that, Kennedy said.

“I really need to sit down and evaluate film. We need to evaluate how we can get to the free throw line. We only got to the free throw line 11 times and fouled 27 times. I’m going to sit down and figure this thing out, because we want to be as successful as Ole Miss in getting to the free throw line. We want to get to the free throw line just as much as Ole Miss.”

Ole Miss shot 37 free throws and made 29 (78.4 percent). MSU got to the line only 11 times and made six.

Ray tackled the disparity question right off the bat in his opening statement.

However, a look at last year’s box score from the Starkville game shows that MSU was 28-for-42 from the free throw line in its 76-72 win. Ole Miss was 10-for-12.

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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