Rebels Take Down Tigers Behind Moody's 29 Points
Feb. 23, 2016


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OXFORD, Miss. (AP)- 
Stefan Moody, after being slowed for part of the season with a groin injury, has apparently regained the ability to shift into high gear.

That same ability apparently applies to the Rebels, who rallied for an 85-76 win over Missouri Tuesday night.

Moody scored 29 points, eight rebounds, eight assists, three steals and sparked a decisive 10-0 run as Ole Miss (18-10, 8-7 Southeastern Conference) snapped a 54-54 tie midway through the second half. Moody had three baskets and a behind-the-back assist for a Tomasz Gielo layup to highlight the surge.

Sebastian Saiz had 15 points and 14 rebounds and Gielo scored 12 points as Ole Miss won for the third time in four games. Moody added eight rebounds, eight assists and three steals.

"The clock is ticking on us. It's not November. We've got to win and keep winning," Mississippi coach Andy Kennedy said. "This wasn't pretty but we're going to take it and winning three of four is going in the right direction."

Missouri (10-18, 3-12) had four players score in double figures led by Namon Wright with 20 points. Tramaine Isabell scored 17 points with Kevin Puryear and K.J. Walton adding 11 apiece for the Tigers.

"I'm proud of how we fought and competed," Missouri coach Kim Anderson said. "I thought Moody just took the game over. It's not just his ability to score, but his ability to get the ball to people. It's 54-54 and before you know it, you're down 10."

The loss was the 25th consecutive road game for Tigers, who challenged the streak until fading in the final 10 minutes. The lead changed hands 11 times, was tied on seven occasions and Missouri led by as many as four points on three different occasions.

After the decisive Moody-led outburst, Ole Miss built its biggest lead, 80-64 on a jumper by Rasheed Brooks with 2:59 left. South Carolina never got closer than seven points in the final 10 minutes.

Ole Miss finished 26 of 65 (40 percent) from the field, but managed a clear edge at the free throw line, hitting 26 of 40 (65 percent). The Rebels out rebounded Missouri 47-38 and blocked seven shots, including two from Saiz.

Missouri were 12 of 23 (52 percent) from 3-point range and 26 of 58 (45 percent) from the field. The Tigers were only 12 of 19 (63 percent) from the free throw line and had 18 turnovers.



 

 

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