An incredible comeback for the Rebels who were down 17 at the half and seemed poised to be one of the first teams to exit the NCAA tournament.
Ole Miss, though, attacked the rim in the second half with more success. The penetrate and pitch was really working, and the Rebels erased that deficit quickly, taking their first lead of the game on a Moody 3-pointer with 7:44 left.
Moody finished with a team-high 26 points on 10-for-18 shooting. He was 5-for-9 from 3-point range, the most 3-pointers he’s had since going 6-for-11 against Tennessee on Feb. 21.
The story, though, was how Moody and Jarvis Summers got into the lane and exploited the less athletic BYU post players in the second half.
Summers was just 5-for-21 shooting which has been typical of his season, but he had 10 assists and only one turnover in 34 minutes.
MJ Rhett was most often the beneficiary of penetrate-and-pitch as he finished with 20 points on 9-for-11 shooting.
Not all his shots were dunks. He hit a big free throw line jumper with 57.2 seconds left to give Ole Miss a four-point lead.
BYU answered with two free throws on the other end, but Sebastian Saiz scored to push the lead back to four with 32 seconds left.
Turnovers were a problem for the Rebels against South Carolina, but they had just seven tonight. The halfcourt trap was big in the Rebels’ comeback. Ultimately BYU had 15 turnovers leading to 25 points for Ole Miss.
Summers with 11 and Saiz and LaDarius White with 10 points joined Moody and Rhett in double figures.
Ole Miss, an 11 seed, will play 6 seed Xavier Thursday at 3:10 in Jacksonville.
Ole Miss and BYU video and game story here later tonight. Hampton and Manhattan are about to get started. You can watch this on truTV, one of those networks you truly don’t think about until the tournament. March Mardness is here. Let’s start with this because somehow this benefits student-athletes: