Containing Kingsley in one half: Early on it looked like Moses Kingsley would dominate Ole Miss.
But the Rebels bottled up Kingsley in the second half, a key factor in their 76-60 win over Arkasnas.
Kingsley, who played most of his high school career at New Albany, had 19 points and 13 rebounds in 33 minutes.
However, Ole Miss center Sebastian Saiz helped slow him down in the second half. Kingsley was just 1-for-3 shooting and had four turnovers then.
“We shrunk the floor better,” Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy said. “The first half we allowed him to play in a lot of space. In the second half we did a better job of getting him to his right shoulder where he’s not nearly as comfortable.”
Other guys were huge: I’ve written at length about the need for scoring help for Stefan Moody. Rarely have the roles been reversed, but today they were. Moody was 4-for-17 from the floor, 0-for-7 from 3, ending a streak of 37 games with at least one 3-pointer. Many of his shots weren’t close. He never got going. It was a great time for Tomasz Gielo and Anthony Perez to shoot well from outside at the same time, and they did. Without their effort, Ole Miss doesn’t win.
Hymon’s double-double: Sophomore Marcanvis Hymon started most of the games Sebastian Saiz missed and played well most of the time.
Saturday he posted his third double-double of the year with 10 points and 11 rebounds in 28 minutes off the bench.
Big on the glass: Ole Miss was plus-18 on the glass. Five players had at least five rebounds led by Hymon’s 11. Gielo, Martavious Newby and Moody each had 5, and Perez had eight.
Best things in life are free: Moody was good at the free throw line, especially down the stretch. He was 9-for-10 from the line, and Ole Miss was 21-for-22 overall. Kennedy said that was the biggest sign that his team was locked in.