Ole Miss Overpowers Southeastern All-Stars in Basketball Exhibition

Nov. 11, 2003

Box Score

By Chris Purser
Ole Miss Athletic Media Relations

OXFORD, Miss. - The Ole Miss Rebels got their preseason underway with a 103-91 victory over the Southeastern All-Stars at Tad Smith Coliseum on Tuesday night. The Rebels' next exhibition game is this Saturday when Ole Miss hosts Carson Newman College. Tip-off is scheduled for 2 p.m. CT.

Seniors Justin Reed and Aaron Harper saw the most action, playing 31 and 26 minutes respectively. Harper led the Rebels in scoring with 25 points, while junior transfer Marvin Moore recorded his first double-double with Ole Miss, laying up 13 points and 10 boards.

"I was just excited to play tonight," said Harper. "I was happy to be back on the floor. We're gelling as a team right now."

Ole Miss head coach Rod Barnes used the exhibition game to get several players valuable game time experience, as six players made their debut in the Red and Blue. In fact, eight Rebels saw more than ten minutes of playing time. Moore saw the most action of any newcomer, playing 24 minutes in his debut.

"I tried to play a lot of guys tonight," said Barnes. "I'm looking for different combinations that work on the floor. I do like what I have seen out of this team."

The Rebels looked rusty in the opening minutes, trailing 26-24 with 7:43 left in the half. That would be the last time Ole Miss would fall behind, taking the lead on a Harper tip-in. Ole Miss would then take control of the game, leading at the half 47-35.

The All-Stars had five players in double-digit figures. Wallace Prather led the All-Stars with 18 points, 17 of those coming in the first half. Prather and Adrian Jones saw the most action, with 31 and 32 minutes respectively.

While the All-Stars were able to match the Rebels in the second half, Ole Miss was able to put pressure on them, with four players in foul trouble as the closing minutes lingered. Starters Quint Williams and Octavious Thomas exited the game early.

 

 

Ole Miss has one more exhibition game before opening the regular season Nov. 21 against Arkansas State. That game is scheduled for 7 p.m. CT at Tad Smith Coliseum.
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