Rebels Take Down Tigers in Memphis
Dec. 18, 2015
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Senior Stefan Moody scored 21 points leading five Ole Miss players in double figures as the Rebels won their sixth straight with an 85-79 victory over Memphis on Friday night.
Ole Miss (9-2) led by as many as 18 in the first half, but had to convert enough free throws down the stretch to prevent Memphis from getting closer than a two-possession game in the final two minutes.
Martavious Newby scored 12 points for the Rebels, seven of them coming from the free-throw line in the closing minutes. He also had 12 rebounds. Rasheed Brooks and Sebastian Saiz added 11 points each, Saiz also grabbing 11 rebounds. Tomasz Gielo added 10 points.
Ricky Tarrant led the Tigers (7-3) with a season-best 29 points, converting 8 of 14 shots, including 5 of 7 from beyond the arc. Dedric Lawson had 21 points and 14 rebounds, as Memphis saw its five-game winning streak snapped.
The start of the game was delayed about an hour because of a power outage in downtown Memphis.
Trailing by five with just under two minutes left, Memphis began fouling Newby, a 67 percent free throw shooter. The strategy was not effective enough as Newby converted 5 of the ensuing 8 free throws, including the Rebels final two points of the game from the line, to keep the Tigers from getting closer than six points the rest of the way.
The Rebels built the lead to as many as 18 in the first half as Memphis struggled from the field. After an early tie, Ole Miss clicked off an 18-2 run.
During that span, Memphis missed 12 straight shots, going more than 10 minutes without a field goal. That was part of the Tigers hitting only 7 of 27 shots in the half (25.9 percent). That included going 5 of 10 (50 percent) from outside the arc.
The Rebels took a 43-31 lead into the break.
Moody was leading the Rebel offense, tallying 16 points before the break, despite going 5 of 12 from the field.
If not for 15 points from Tarrant, the Tigers' deficit could have been larger. Tarrant was 4 of 5 from the field and converted all three of his shots from beyond the arc. The rest of the Tigers would manage only 16 points in the half.
Memphis made a slight run to open the second half, eventually getting it to 45-36.
Ole Miss would craft an 8-1 run, including consecutive 3-pointers by Saiz and Gielo.
Dedric Lawson's layup with 3:55 left cut the Memphis deficit to 72-64, the first time the Tigers had gotten the Ole Miss margin into single digits.
Tarrant's 3-pointer with 1:53 left cut the Rebel lead to 76-71, the closest the Tigers would get in the second half.
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