Rebels force OT but can’t steal victory at home

Oregon forward Mike Moser, who scored 22 of his 24 points in the second half and overtime, looks for room to maneuver while defended by Ole Miss forward Aaron Jones. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Oregon forward Mike Moser, who scored 22 of his 24 points in the second half and overtime, looks for room to maneuver while defended by Ole Miss forward Aaron Jones. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

By Parrish Alford

Daily Journal

OXFORD – Jarvis Summers’ clutch 3-pointer with less than a second remaining and a career-high 39 points from Marshall Henderson were not enough to help Ole Miss upset No. 13 Oregon Sunday afternoon.

The Rebels’ defense struggled when the Ducks spread the floor, and Oregon won 115-105 in overtime before a crowd of 8,212 at Tad Smith Coliseum.

Ole Miss trailed by six with less than a minute to play in regulation when Henderson got two 3-point shots to fall. He was 10-for-23 behind the arc.

It was Summers, though, who got the Rebels to the extra period. The Ducks’ followed Henderson, and Summers scored from the behind the arc on the left wing with 0.8 on the clock.

After an Oregon turnover on the in-bounds, Ole Miss (6-2) had one shot for the win, but Henderson missed.

He finished 10-for-23 from 3-point range, 11-for-27 overall.

Henderson was just 2-for-13 from 3-point range and badly missed a potential game-winning shot in the closing seconds when the Rebels’ lost 61-58 at Kansas State last week.

Oregon coach Dana Altman said his team’s defense helped Henderson get off to a fast start.

“We did a poor job of guarding him and gave him some good looks early. Once he got those down he got his motor running,” Altman said. “We were so happy we were scoring we forgot to guard.”

Henderson said he was motived by his poor performance at K-State and worked to improve his focus by getting to the gym early and putting up extra shots in the hours before the game.

“After Kansas State I was kicking myself. I put that on me,” he said. “A two-point game, have the game-winning shot and shoot an air ball. A senior leader and a guy trying to make a statement in his last year of college basketball does not need to be doing that.”

His post-game appearance was the first time he’s been made available to local media since his suspension.

Hot shots

Oregon shot 58.5 percent from the floor, 61.1 percent from 3-point range, most of that in the second half when the Ducks (8-0) were 7-for-8.

Point guard Jonathan Lloyd led Oregon with 25 points going 14-for-16 from the free throw line.

Part of that downfall was attributed to sloppy ball-handling. The Rebels had 17 turnovers, six above their average.

They were bothered by Oregon pressure but turned it over in the halfcourt, too.

Eight of those turnovers came from LaDarius White, a statistic that off-set an otherwise solid performance. White had 15 points – tripling his season average – and four assists.

“We never guarded them the whole half. We guarded them decent at first, and then they got into such a rhythm,” Ole Miss coach Kennedy said. “We never got key stops. You can’t let a team come into your building and shoot 59 percent, score 115 and expect to win.”

parrish.alford@journalinc.com