Men’s Basketball continues play in Emerald Coast Classic
Last week, the Rebels Men’s Basketball team (3-1, 0-0 SEC) defeated Northern Arizona (80-74) and Southern (69-38) in hosted games of the Emerald Coast Classic. This week, the Rebels continue play in the Emerald Coast Classic, and travel to Niceville, Florida to play Creighton and Cincinnati or Middle Tennessee.
In the game against Northern Arizona, Ole Miss took a 37-32 lead into the half en route to an 80-74 win. Jarvis Summers had a season-high 22 points, his second 20-point game this season.
Junior guard Stefan Moody finished with 13 points and senior guard LaDarius White tallied 12 points. It was the third straight game for Moody and White to finish in double figures.
Ole Miss out-rebounded NAU 42-27 and was 30-for-35 (.857) from the free-throw line. The Rebels have hit 46 of their last 56 from the line (.821).
In a 69-38 win over Southern, the Rebel defense held the Jaguars to 28.1% shooting from the field.
The 38 points scored by Southern, exacerbated by its 22 turnovers, were the fewest by an Ole Miss opponent since 2011 when the Rebels held Louisiana-Monroe to 38.
Ole Miss had a season-high 14 steals in the game, led by 5 from senior guard Jarvis Summers who finished with 6 points and 5 assists. Scoring leaders for the Rebels were Stefan Moody with 13 points and LaDarius White with 12.
Rebels in the Rankings
- The Ole Miss defense is currently ranked sixth in the SEC in scoring (60.5 ppg).
- The Rebels are third in the SEC in free throw percentage, hitting 76.8 of its attempts.
- The Rebels are second in the SEC in steals (9.7/game)
- Ole Miss is third in field goal percentage defense (.329).
- Ole Miss is also tied for third in the league forcing 17.0 turnovers per game.
Next Up for Ole Miss
As they prepare to play Creighton on Friday and either Cincinnati or Middle Tennessee , the Rebels are now 16-6 in regular-season tournaments under head coach Andy Kennedy. They have a 96-28 record against teams outside the SEC under Kennedy’s tenure.
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Evelyn has covered sports for over two decades, beginning her journalism career as a sports writer for a newspaper in Austin, Texas. She attended Texas A&M and majored in English. Evelyn’s love for Ole Miss began when her daughter Katie attended the university on a volleyball scholarship. Evelyn created the Rebel Walk in 2013 and has served as publisher and managing editor since its inception.