The Rebels have been playing very well on the road as of late. Saturday afternoon in Columbia was no exception, as Ole Miss (14-7, 5-3 SEC) defeated Missouri 67-47.
What most Rebel fans will remember more than the 20-point win, however, is Stefan Moody’s one-handed, put-back dunk with 9:37 remaining in the first half (below).
When junior forward Anthony Perez shot a 3-point attempt that bounced off the rim, the ball was met by Stefan Moody and his 48-inch vertical. The junior guard is listed at 5-foot-10-inches; after the dunk, he flexed his arms in front of the Tigers’ student section.
Moody was the leading scorer for the Rebels Saturday. “I came out a lot more calm, and then I got the tip-slam and I just kind of went off of that,” he said.
Ole Miss head coach Andy Kennedy commented on the effect Moody’s acrobatics had on the Rebels: “I think that not only invigorated him but our whole team,” he said.
“We see that quite often. He is a special player off the bounce.” Kennedy on Moody
Holding a two-point lead before Moody’s shot, the Rebels never looked back after it. They outscored Missouri (7-14, 1-7) by 18 points (50-32) the remainder of the game.
Moody finished the game with 23 points, the only Rebel in double figures. Perez and senior forward M.J. Rhett each notched eight points on the day. Junior guard Martavious Newby finished with nine rebounds.
Ole Miss continues to excel from the free-throw line with an overall 80.1 conversion rate, which puts the Rebels in first place in the nation. Stefan Moody has made 88-of-96 free throws this season and is in first place in the SEC with an average of 91.7 percent. He leads the SEC and is ranked sixth nationally.
Next up: Ole Miss will take on a hot Texas A&M team Wednesday at 6:00 pm in Oxford. The game will be televised on the SEC Network.
(Feature image credit: Don Shrubshell, Columbia Tribune)