By Parrish Alford/ NEMS Daily Journal
Tough on the glass
– While Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy had not fixed his free throw problem before Wednesday night, the Rebels had made improvements on the glass.
Ole Miss had out-rebounded its opponent six times in the previous nine games and blew Auburn off the charts with a 50-29 edge keyed by Murphy Holloway’s career-high 20 rebounds.
Actually, Holloway corrected reporters after the game – he once had 28 rebounds in a high school game.
The Rebels are 13-2 when they equal or surpass their foes in rebounding.
Seven of Holloway’s 20 came on the offensive end, and Ole Miss had 17 second-chance points.
“That was the difference in the game,” Auburn coach Jeff Lebo said.
– The Rebels average 12.2 turnovers per game, a figure they almost reached in the first half alone with 12 give-aways, many of them unforced.
Ole Miss protected the ball much better in the second half with just three turnovers, but in the big picture, it was the second straight game with 15.
Kennedy equates to the ball-handling problems to players pressing and “trying to make plays when they’re not there.”
Eniel Polynice had seven turnovers in the 64-61 loss to Florida. He was one of four players with two turnovers. Terrance Henry and Holloway had three each.
The Rebels had nine assists, while Auburn had 14 assists and 12 turnovers.
Buckner sets the record
– Freshman forward Reginald Buckner had three blocked shots and altered a number of others. He now has 47 blocked shots for the season, breaking the freshman record set by former player Sean Murphy. Buckner also had five points and one rebound and fouled out after 18 minutes of play.
– “We knew we had a bad half, and we were on the edge. We needed to make plays, and players stepped up and started making plays.” – Ole Miss guard Chris Warren