OXFORD, Miss. - Ole Miss held off a pesky South Carolina team to earn a 66-62 win at Tad Smith Coliseum on Saturday.
The Rebels are now 9-1 at home this season.
Terrance Henry led Ole Miss with 15 points (6-6 FT) to go along with five rebounds. Murphy Holloway, who transferred back to Ole Miss after a brief stint at South Carolina, produced a 14-point, 11 rebound double-double performance in the win.
With just under 50 seconds remaining, the Rebels held a 63-62 lead and Henry had the ball in the post. The ball was poked away by a South Carolina defender and Henry then fouled Malik Cooke, the Gamecocks’ leading scorer.
The Rebels, already in the bonus, sent Cooke, who entered Saturday as a 79 percent free throw shooter, to the line with a chance to tie the game at 63 apiece and 47 seconds left.
Cooke, however, missed the one-and-one attempt and the Rebels secured the rebound. After a timeout, Ole Miss point guard Jarvis Summers attacked the rim with the Gamecocks’ defense collapsing on him. Forced to make a decision under pressure, Summers found a wide-open Henry in the corner. Henry received the pass and didn’t hesitate, connecting on a three-pointer with 16.1 seconds that pushed the Rebels’ lead to four and all but ended South Carolina’s chances at a comeback win.
Coming off the bench, redshirt-freshman Jelan Kendrick had his best game of his young Rebel career. Kendrick led the Rebels in the first half with seven points and by the end of the game, in only 23 minutes of action, finished with a career-high 11 points on 5-of-9 shooting to go along with two steals.
Ole Miss had a 31-28 lead at the break.
The Gamecocks took their first lead of the contest since leading 4-2 on a Brenton Williams three-pointer with 13:00 remaining to give South Carolina a 45-44 lead.
The Rebels controlled the battle on the glass, out-rebounding the Gamecocks 35-22.
Led by Holloway’s three thefts, Ole Miss tied a season high with 11 steals.
The Rebels will return to the hardwood next Saturday as they travel to Tuscaloosa to take on Alabama.
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