Final: Ole Miss 72, Georgia 71

Five take-aways from the Rebels’ second straight comeback win in their new arena …

Moody magic in the Pavilion: Ole Miss has to be the easiest scouting report any team faces. Just stop Stefan Moody. Do that, and you’ve gone a long way toward a win, but saying it is a lot easier then doing it.

Moody was just 6-for-17, and Ole Miss shot 36.2 percent against Georgia, which leads the SEC in field goal percent defense, holding foes to 3.68 percent shooting on average.

But he got a forced shot to fall on the right side of the lane with 3.8 seconds left.

He finished with a game-high 29 points.

Here’s Kennedy:

Overcoming Mistakes: The Rebels fought and scratched the entire second half though they remained arm’s length back most of the time. Three times the Rebels were shooting for the lead with under 5 minutes left, and three times they came up short. They finally got a 1-point lead with 2:56 left and held it for 21 seconds. From that point forward they also overcame a failed block-out on a free throw that led to a Georgia put-back and a critical turnover by Moody trying to split a double team at the top of the key.

Bring Your Own Guts: Andy Kennedy was in football mode. He twice referenced Clemson coach Dabo Swinney and his “Bring Your Own Guts” motto. Kennedy said the Rebels were drained after an emotional win over Alabama on opening night. Not to leave out Alabama football, he said Moody is his team’s Derrick Henry, a guy who makes plays.

Two for Double-Doubles: Speaking of guts Sebastian Saiz and Rasheed Brooks each had double-doubles, both finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds. It was the sixth double-double of the year for Saiz. With Ole Miss down by four it was Brooks’ 3-pointer with 44 seconds left that kept the Rebels in the game. They forced a 3-point miss by Georgia guard Kenny Gaines on the other end to set the stage for Moody’s heroics.

Big night on the glass: Ole Miss was plus-4 on the glass, and Georgia coach Mark Fox credited the Rebels for toughness in rebounding. Georgia had an 18-15 edge in second-chance points, Ole Miss a 14-9 edge in points off turnovers and 28-18 edge in the paint.

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

    That was a real struggle for Coach Kennedy & the Rebels…especially when the officiating absolutely STUNK.
    It appeared to me that a lot of the fouls called on the Rebels could have gone either way. The Bulldogs hammered Moody several times and were not called for a foul.
    Good news:
    Rebels: 12-3 overall, 2-1 SEC and ranked 4th in the SEC.

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