Ole Miss Downs MBK-Odessa In Abbreviated Game, 51-25

Nov. 13, 1999

Box Score

OXFORD, Miss. - Ole Miss concluded its exhibition season Saturday with a 51-25 win over MBK-Odessa of the Unkraine. The contest ended with 17:21 left when MBK-Odessa walked off the floor in protest of a technical foul.

MBK-Odessa's Vitali Ousenko was whistled for an offensive foul, the team's fourth foul in less than a 90-second period. An angry Ousenko deliberately threw the ball at official Mike Kitts, drawing a technical foul.

MBK-Odessa coach Vitaliy Lebedynntsev motioned his team to leave the floor, drawing a chorus of boos from the partisan crowd of 1,129 in Tad Smith Coliseum. After a brief consultation, the officials allowed the final score to stand, since the contest had exhibition status.

Marcus Hicks led the Rebels with 17 points and a game-high eight rebounds. Point guard Jason Harrison added 10 points for Ole Miss, who earlier defeated the Spirit Express 90-67 to complete a two-game exhibition game sweep.

"We came here for friendly basketball and to learn," Lebedynntsev said. "We didn't expect basketball like this - so much pushing and shoving. We just got tired of it."

MBK-Odessa, 0-6 during its American tour, led early 8-6 on a three-point play by Oleh Protsko. However, Ole Miss took the lead for good with a pair of 7-0 runs to build a 24-14 lead with 7:45 left in the first half.

Ole Miss guards Jason Harrison and Jason Flanigan keyed the successive 7-0 runs, accounting for eight of the points and dishing three assists. MBK-Odessa never got the deficit under double digits again.

The teams accounted for only one basket in the final three minutes of the first half. The Rebels compensated by hitting 7-of- 10 free throws while shutting down MBK-Odessa defensively. The lone basket was a Marcus Hicks tip-in at the buzzer to give Ole Miss a 42-23 halftime lead.

Ole Miss opened the second half with a quick 9-2 spurt, setting up the foul blitz by MBK-Odessa.

Ole Miss opens regular season play Friday at home against Jacksonville State. The Rebels are bidding for a fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament berth.

 

 

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