OXFORD – Sophomore guard Martavious Newby played nine minutes, his first action since sustaining a broken hand against Mississippi State on Jan. 25.
An energetic defender and rebounder, Newby had a rebound, a steal and two fouls.
Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy said Newby returned to full practice only on Monday and that he had not intended to play Newby against Kentucky.
First home SEC loss
The Rebels lost three non-conference home games but were 5-0 in SEC games in Oxford before Kentucky’s visit.
“We were 5-0 in this building and averaging 80 points per game. We were even on the glass in the building in SEC play which is a huge victory for us. That was the standard we had set through five games, and that’s what we challenged them to do,” Kennedy said.
Ole Miss previously lost to Oregon, Mercer and Dayton at Tad Smith. The Rebels have SEC home wins against Auburn, LSU, Mississippi State, South Carolina and Missouri.
Summers’ big night
At one point this season, Jarvis Summers was averaging over 18 points a game, but he had struggled of late.
He hit four of his first five shots against Kentucky and finished 9-for-17 from the floor with 22 points and four assists.
He tweaked his ankle and left the game for a short time in the second half.
“He’s a competitor. You can never question Jarvis Summers in any regard,” Kennedy said.
“I don’t even think they were going to pass. They were dribbling to a wing and beating somebody on the bounce. Andy went to what they had to do to get them back within a shot.” – Kentucky coach John Calipari