Five Take-Aways as the Rebels snap a four-game losing streak …
Moody looked a little gimpy: Gutsy effort by Stefan Moody, but that’s really not surprising. We didn’t get to hear Moody’s own take on his health as he left the building before being ushered into the media room. He looked a little gimpy in the first half, though, especially when he was trying to chase down a ball headed out of bounds. Moody was just 1-for-5 from 3-point range in the first half but was 5-for-7 in the second. He attempted just two shots from inside the arc, one a mid-range jumper. He didn’t try to get to the rim as often as he usually does. Moody was averaging 11 free throws in SEC play and attempted five tonight, three of them coming when he was fouled on a 3-point attempt. He played 31 minutes.
What a game for Hymon: Marcanvis Hymon is the Rebels’ primary post player as long as Sebastian Saiz is out, and Hymon was just 6-for-18 from the floor over his two starts. Tonight he was much better finishing at the rim, going 6-for-8 from the floor. He was also better at the free throw line where he was 7-for-11. He had a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Hymon credited his improved free throw shooting to assistant coach Bill Armstrong who had him change the placement of his feet at the line.
Newby returns: Senior forward Martavious Newby had missed the last two games with vision problems brought on by a condition he was discovered to have in high school. He played 31 minutes off the bench and finished with seven points and nine rebounds.
Solid minutes for Fitzpatrick-Dorsey: Freshman guard Donte Fitzpatrick-Dorsey played 18 minutes and finished with six points on 3-for-3 shooting with three rebounds, two assists and no turnovers.
No playing time for Finley: Reserve guard Sam Finley, once the starter at point, scored 10 points in 18 minutes at Mississippi State. Most of his success came at the free throw line where he was 6-for-6. With Moody’s return, Finley did not get in the game.