By Parrish Alford/NEMS Daily Journal
Ole Miss players are hoping an overtime win against Georgia will be the spark to set the Rebels on their way to a strong regular-season finish as March comes into view.
An SEC season that started fast and created buzz about ending a long NCAA tournament drought fell back a bit when the Rebels dropped four out of five games.
Then, after struggling to defend and rebound throughout regulation, Ole Miss did both in overtime and survived with an 84-74 win against Georgia on Saturday night.
“This just gives us a boost. We needed this win,” sophomore guard LaDarius White said.
Mississippi State’s losing streak stretched to 10 games with an 80-68 loss at LSU.
The Bulldogs are on the road Wednesday night at 7 against Alabama and back home Saturday at 12:30 against Vanderbilt for the SEC Network game.
For Ole Miss, it was the third overtime game this season, its second-straight such win, both coming in SEC play.
rpi goes down
Just having Georgia on the schedule dropped the Rebels’ RPI a half dozen spots to 52 as they head to South Carolina for a 6 p.m., tip Wednesday.
The Gamecocks are 12-13 overall, 2-10 in the league and would be a crippling blow to the RPI if the Rebels are upset in Columbia. CSS will provide the television.
Ole Miss is at home on Saturday for its second game with Auburn, a 4 p.m., start to be broadcast on Fox Sports Net.
Marshall Henderson scored 25 points for the Rebels against Georgia, most of them at the free throw line where he was 14-for-14. He dropped by the media room afterward to say he was going out and enjoy Saturday night.
“He’s an emotional player. When he makes shots it gives the whole team another boost,” White said. “He was happy. Losing is stressful. I guess he was going to celebrate. Winning is fun.”