This was an obvious matchup problem for Ole Miss, and Vanderbilt took full advantage going 13-for-23 from 3-point range (56.5 percent).
Riley LaChance, one of three freshmen in the starting lineup, had 19 points, a game-high. he was 5-for-9 from the arc and had eight assists with no turnovers.
He was one of five Vanderbilt players in double figures.
Here’s Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy:
Ironically, Ole Miss had one of the best shooting games it’s had in a while. Ole Miss shot 41.7 percent, the best they’ve been at Tad Smith since shooting 44.6 percent on Jan. 24.
M.J. Rhett was really good, leading the way with 18 points on 8-for-9 shooting.
Rhett was so good because his guards were getting penetration and finding him in the post.
Jarvis Summers had 16 points, his most since getting 22 against Mississippi State here on Jan. 28, but it was Summers’ best percentage shooting game since Austin Peay on Jan. 3. He was 6-for-13 from the floor, 2-for-4 from 3-point range.
Rhett and Summers need to be complimentary players. The Rebels needed a big game from Stefan Moody, and Vanderbilt didn’t allow that. Moody had 14 points but was just 3-for-15 from the floor, 1-for-7 from the arc.
Ole Miss is a zone-based defensive team, and Vanderbilt isn’t the first to shoot well from the arc against the Rebels. It’s just the scariest because Vanderbilt lives from the arc and is strong enough inside that you can’t sell out to guard the perimeter.
The Rebels are the sixth seed in the SEC tournament and likely have to do some work there to reach the NCAAs. We’ll see.