Rebels Blow Past Statesmen
Nov. 7, 2014

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OXFORD, Miss. - Ole Miss went on a 30-4 run over a 9:57 stretch in the first half, turning a 14-11 deficit into a 41-18 lead on the way to a resounding 97-58 win in its lone exhibition game of the 2014-15 season.

All 12 available Rebels scored in the game, led by senior guard and preseason All-SEC first team selection Jarvis Summers with 16 points on 6-of-10 shooting.

"Mission accomplished for us," head coach Andy Kennedy. "It was a dress rehearsal, and we got a lot of guys a lot of minutes. I was able to play of the new guys a lot of minutes. We did some things we can learn from in the upcoming days in preparation for our opener next Friday.

Joining Summers in doubles figures were a trio of newcomers in Stefan Moody (14 points), Roderick Lawrence (14 points) and Terence Smith (10 points). Sophomore forward Sebastian Saiz led all players with 14 rebounds.

"I'm trying to play a lot of guys," said Kennedy, who played the 11 available scholarship players between 11 and 22 minutes. "There's not a big separation. We have an understanding of what Jarvis can do. The bigs will continue to do it by committee. Sebas was very active on the glass."

One of the differences in the game, Kennedy said, was defensive pressure, as Ole Miss scored 53 points off 29 Delta State turnovers. On the offensive end, the Rebels dished out 20 assists compared to just 11 turnovers.

"We're more athletic on the perimeter," Kennedy said. "Moody on the ball is a difference-maker because he's so quick and disruptive. (Martavious) Newby is now a junior and he has a better understanding of angles. We have seniors around him, and Anthony (Perez) comes in with a different look with his length."

Lawrence led the way in the first half, scoring 11 of his 14 points in the frame, while senior Jarvis Summers scored the last seven points of the half to give the Rebels a 50-26 halftime lead. The Rebels opened the second half on a 15-4 run, stretching the lead to 66-31 before cruising to the 97-58 final.

Ole Miss will open the regular season Friday against Charleston Southern at 6 p.m. from the Tad Smith Coliseum.



 

 

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