Ole Miss Wins With Defense To Begin New Season

OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM Reginald Buckner (photo by Robert Jordan)
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Reginald Buckner (photo by Robert Jordan)
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Nov. 11, 2011

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OXFORD, Miss. (AP) - Ole Miss held Louisiana-Monroe to 38 points, the lowest by a Rebel opponent since 2002, en route to a 60-38 season-opening win Friday night.

Ole Miss placed three players in double figures, led by Terrance Henry with 15 points, and won its eighth consecutive season opener.

Nick Williams added 13 points and Dundrecous Nelson had 12 for the Rebels (1-0).

Louisiana-Monroe, led by Fred Brown with seven points, finished 14-of-49, 29 percent, from the field. The Warhawks (0-1) had only four field goals in the first half, including seven and four minutes stretches without a basket.

Ole Miss trailed only once, as Brown hit an early basket before the Rebels answered with a 16-2 run to build what proved to be an insurmountable 16-5 lead midway through the first half.

The Rebels led 33-11 at halftime, as Williams had 10 of his 13 points in the decisive first half. Louisiana-Monroe never got closer than 16 points, 49-33 with 5:14 left, as both teams cleared the benches.

The Rebels dominated the boards, 48-34, with Murphy Holloway and Reginald Buckner pulling down 17 and 10 rebounds, respectively. Ole Miss forced 18 turnovers, compensating for a 19-of-57, 33 percent, shooting performance.

The win improved sixth-year head coach Andy Kennedy to 46-2 against non-conference opponents at home.

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