Ole Miss Outlasts Miami In Overtime
Dundrecous Nelson (photo by Joshua McCoy)

Nov. 25, 2011

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OXFORD, Miss. - (AP)Dundrecous Nelson scored 17 points, while Murphy Holloway added 13 points and a game-high 17 rebounds Friday as Ole Miss defeated Miami 64-61 in overtime.

The Rebels (5-1) took the lead for good, 60-58, on a dunk by Holloway with 3:06 left in overtime and survived potential game-winning and game-tying shots by Malcolm Grant at the end of regulation play and overtime, respectively.

“You cannot underestimate the value of a Murphy Holloway to this team and that showed tonight,” Rebel head coach Andy Kennedy said. “There's never been a problem with effort on this team. It's a great emotional win for a young team.”

Jarvis Summers and Terrance Henry added 13 and 12 points, respectively, for the Rebels. The Rebels played without forward Reginald Buckner, who sat out due a knee injury suffered in practice Thursday, but he is expected to return in December.

“This was a big win for this team because I'm telling you, Miami is good,” Holloway said. “They came in here undefeated and they've got strong players in key spots. For us, this is a big boost emotionally and helped us grow up a lot.”

Grant led the Hurricanes (4-1) with 22 points, including 6 of 12 from three-point range. Grant's final three-point shot pulled Miami within 62-61 with 21 seconds remaining in overtime. Ole Miss got a pair of free throws from Summers with 20 seconds left to rebuild the 64-61 cushion.

Miami's Durand Scott had a shot blocked by Nelson at the basket and Grant recovered the ball outside the three-point line, but was forced to rush an unsuccessful three-point shot at the buzzer.

“Grant and Scott are our go-to guys in those situations and we are confident when they have the ball in their hands,” Miami coach Jim Larranaga said. “The answer is yes. We had the ball where we wanted at the end of regulation and in overtime.”

Scott and Trey McKinney Jones had 13 and 12 points, respectively, for the Hurricanes, who rallied from a 17-0 deficit in the opening eight minutes and a five-point deficit, 46-41, in the final eight minutes to force the extra period.

Ole Miss, who led 29-25 at halftime, finished 19 of 50, 38 percent, from the field. The Rebels were 7 of 21, 33.3 percent, from three-point range, highlighted by a 4 of 8 performance from Nelson.

“I was fortunate to hit some shots today that helped us,” Nelson said. “We're getting better and that means all of us. We've struggled some at the three-point line, but we could tell today that we're starting to get better looks.”

Miami finished 22 of 60, 36.7 percent from the field and 9 of 26, 34.6 percent, from three-point range. The Hurricanes were 8 of 13, 61.5 percent, from the free throw line.

The Rebels finished 19 of 30, 63.3 percent, from the free throw line. In overtime, Ole Miss converted 8 of 10 free throw opportunities including five from Summers. Miami managed only 2 of 4 in the extra frame, both from Scott.

“I thought that was the difference,” Larranaga said. “Our M.O. Has been to get to the free throw line and today we only shot 13 and they shot 30 times.”

The win was the first at home for Ole Miss over an ACC opponent and marked its first win over an ACC team since a March, 2008 quarterfinals win in the National Invitation Tournament at Virginia Tech.


 

 

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