Rebels Down Ducks on Road
Dec. 7, 2014 

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - The smallest player on the floor provided the perfect exclamation point for Ole Miss' statement win on Sunday. Stefan Moody's two-handed dunk with 36 seconds left punctuated his 22-point performance that helped lead the Rebels (6-2) to a 79-73 victory over Oregon and avenged an overtime loss at home to the Ducks (5-3) last season.

''I'm glad we could repay the favor,'' Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy said.

The 5-foot-10 Moody was one of five Rebels to reach double figures, which didn't include leading scorer Jarvis Summers, who finished with just one point.

''It's not just me taking on more of a role,'' Moody said. ''Every night we just look for somebody to give us that flame, and tonight it just happened to be me.''

Sebastian Saiz added 17 points for Ole Miss, which also had three players off the bench in double figures. LaDarius White finished with 13 points, and Aaron Jones and Dwight Coleby had 10 each.

Freshman Dillon Brooks led the Ducks with a season-high 21 points, and Pac-12 scoring leader Joseph Young added 17. It was Oregon's first loss in six home games. Ole Miss outscored the Ducks 35-5 in points off the bench.

''We knew we had a size advantage'' Kennedy said, ''so we had to be able to score effectively inside and do a good job off the glass, and tonight we did both.''

M.J. Rhett and Martavious Newby led Ole Miss to a 46-39 rebounding edge with seven each.

There were seven ties and 17 lead changes in the first half before the Rebels went on a 10-0 run to move ahead 33-24. Oregon missed eight consecutive shots during Ole Miss' spurt, including a four on one possession. The Rebels closed out the half with a little luck when Rhett swatted home a rebound tip before Moody banked in a floater from the top of the key at the buzzer for his fourth 3 and a 47-33 advantage.

The Rebels led by as many as 18 points in the second half before Oregon cut the deficit to single digits several times, but the final six-point margin was as close as the Ducks would come.

''We got beat in almost all phases of the game,'' Oregon coach Dana Altman said. ''Second-chance points were big. We got a lot of offensive rebounds, we just didn't finish a lot of them.''

''We only had eight turnovers, but it turned into 15 points. We dug ourselves a big hole in the first half and we never recovered.''


 

 

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