By Parrish Alford/ NEMS Daily Journal
– Struggles on the low block may not necessarily improve soon for Ole Miss.
Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy said he knew he would not have freshman Reginald Buckner for Sunday’s gameand he says Buckner’s status for Tuesday’s trip to Kentucky is unclear. Kennedy called him day-to-day.
Buckner left the Auburn game in the last 81⁄2 minutes with a sprained ankle. He had contributed eight points, six rebounds and two blocked shots by that time.
Buckner has 44 blocked shots on the season, 11 of them in SEC play. The Rebels were credited with just one blocked shot against Arkansas.
Holloway’s big game
– Sophomore center Murphy Holloway posted his second double-double of SEC play, the first coming in the Rebels’ last home game when he had 14 points and 12 rebounds against South Carolina.
But Holloway had totaled just five points and three rebounds against LSU and Auburn.
He was pulled from the starting lineup against Auburn, and even in the absence of Buckner played off the bench. He finished 8-for-18 from the floor and 3-for-3 from the free throw line.
Holloway tied a season-high in field goal attempts and set a season high for made field goals. His 17 rebounds were a season-high, and his 19 points were his SEC-high. He scored 26 against Indiana in the third game of the year.
“Everybody knows I’ve been down, and I knew I had to play hard for my team to win,” Holloway said.
After his 13 first-half rebounds he was a marked man in the second half.
“There was just a greater sense of urgency on boxing me out, and when you have that sense of urgency it makes it difficult for the other player.”
– Chris Warren was 3-for-9 from 3-point range, Terrico White 2-for-6. Those aren’t terrible percentages, but one of the big things to hurt Ole Miss was how little it got from other players.
Terrance Henry had hit 14-of-21 3-pointers on the season but was 0-for-3. Trevor Gaskins, after struggling early in the season, had hit eight of his last 12 attempts. He was 0-for-3 from the floor, 0-for-1 from the arc.
The Rebels entered the game averaging 8.5 made 3-point shots, second in the SEC and 17th in the nation. They finished 6-for-22 from the arc.
– “They’re a different team with Courtney Fortson, one of the most difficult matchups in college basketball. He’s so tenacious in getting the ball to the rim with his ability to finish but also with the defensive rotations he creates that hurt you on the back end. He gets to your second line of defense.” – Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy on Arkansas guard Courtney Fortson, Fortson had 10 points, five rebounds, four assists and six turnovers.
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