By Parrish Alford/ NEMS Daily Journal
ATHENS, Ga. – Recruited as a shooter, Trevor Gaskins had hit only 7-of-45 3-point shots this season. Maybe all he needed was his own part of the world.
An Alpharetta, Ga., native, Gaskins was 3-for-3 from 3-point range, all in the first half. He finished with 11 points.
Gaskins had 10 of those points in the first half, and the momentum he’d built came to an abrupt halt after a technical foul.
“He was huge for us. He got in that rhythm, but before you knew it he had three fouls,” Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy said.
Gaskins was called for a foul out on the perimeter with 3:53 left in the first. That was his second foul, and when he argued it, the technical resulted in his third personal foul.
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– Center Murphy Holloway only scored six points but was active in other ways with nine rebounds, two blocked shots and two steals in 25 minutes. Holloway had no points and only one rebound the Rebels’ SEC-opeing loss to Mississippi State.
The Rebels had an edge on the boards deep into the second half but were ultimately outrebounded by seven, their second-straight minus-7 margin.
White goes cold
– Terrico White had hit at least one 3-pointer in 26-of-27 games but was 0-for-3 behind the arc. White was scoreless in the first half, but got his mid-range game going to score all eight of his points early in the second half. White had four buckets and Polynice one in a 10-4 run to start the second half. White’s last bucket came with 17 minutes left in the game. The Rebels built a seven-point lead with 13:09 left, but Georgia went back in front on two free throws with 9:35 to play.
– “We got off to a slow start, but we picked it up in the second half. We had a good sense of urgency that we’d been missing earlier in the game.” – Ole Miss guard Zach Graham