COLUMBIA, S.C. – While Anthony Perez emerged as the Rebels’ third scorer against South Carolina, there was little offensive production from the rest of the cast.
Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy has been looking for someone to supplement the scoring of Marshall Henderson and Jarvis Summers, who went into the game averaging 19.2 and 18.0 points respectively.
After Perez had 22, no other Ole Miss player had more than four points, including LaDarius White, who was held to three points on 1-for-7 shooting.
Sebastian Saiz had 20 points and nine rebounds against LSU, and Anthony Jones added 13 points and 13 rebounds.
Against South Carolina both Saiz and Jones fouled out after 15 minutes of play. They combined for six points and six rebounds.
Jones’ fourth foul was particularly confusing. He picked up his third foul with 18 minutes, 12 seconds to play.
Less than a minute later a foul was called, and Kennedy thought the call was on Demarco Cox. Officials assigned it to Jones, and that’s where it stayed after review.
Jones went to the bench with 17:38 on the clock and ended up playing only seven minutes in the second half.
“Wee had foul trouble all across our board. Perez stepped up and played huge, huge minutes at the four spot which allowed us to get out of here with a win,” Kennedy said.
It took the Rebels less than 5 minutes to rally from a 10-point halftime deficit. They took a 42-41 lead with 15:15 to play on a Martavious Newby layup on an assist from Jarvis Summers.
Prior to that Marshall Henderson hit a 3-pointer from the corner in front of the Rebels’ bench and also knocked down a jumper from just inside the arc.
“We lost Henderson. We lost him,” South Carolina coach Frank Martin said. “Then all of a sudden you’ve got a guy like that who goes into attack mode.”
“Throw it to them. Let’s have a controversy to see who it was out on then let them get it with 1.8 left, and let’s guard them.” – Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy when asked what he told Henderson as Henderson was trying to throw the ball in with six seconds remaining