OXFORD – The bulk of the Ole Miss scoring in a four-point loss to No. 2 Florida was done by three players.
The same was true for the Gators, who got 18 points from Scott Wilbekin, 17 from Michael Frazier and 12 from Patric Young.
The difference, though, was in production from other players.
After its big three, Florida had five other players score for a combined 28 points.
Ole Miss got almost nothing from three players who combined average 20.2 points – Derrick Millinlghaus, Sebastian Saiz and LaDarius White were a combined 1-for-5 from the floor. Millinghaus took one shot, White who averages 7.9 points, took none.
New first five
The Ole Miss starting five included Anthony Perez, Dwight Coleby, Anthony Jones, Marshall Henderson and Jarvis Summers.
It’s the first time that lineup has been used together.
Ole Miss guard Martavious Newby said the Gators’ efficiency caught him off guard, even though Florida is ranked No. 2 and unbeaten in SEC play.
“Florida’s a good team, but we didn’t expect Florida to come out like that at our home,” Newby said.
“They have good players, and they stepped up and made plays.”
Playing his second game since coming back from a broken hand, Newby had five points and six rebounds in 17 minutes.
“We came into the game and played our hearts out. We have a lot of frustration, but we’ve got to get together and regroup. Regardless of losing four in a row, we’ve got to come back together and win one,” he said.
“It’s not like when you front Henderson that they’re throwing it down into a guy who’s just going to go score. When you lose two frontcourt guys like (Reggie Buckner, Murphy Holloway), that’s probably hard to overcome.” – Florida coach Billy Donovan