Ole Miss Hosts Coastal Carolina
Nov. 11, 2012
Ole Miss (1-0) vs. Coastal Carolina (1-0)
Date: Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012
Junior Marshall Henderson scored a game-high 22 points, hitting 5 of 11 from behind the arc, and senior Murphy Holloway recorded his 26th career double-double with 15 points and 11 boards as Ole Miss raced passed Mississippi Valley 93-57 in the season opener.
The 93 points Ole Miss scored in the season opener was the most points the Rebels have scored since posting 100 vs. Alcorn State on 12/30/10 and was the most points scored in a season opener since scoring 97 vs. MVSU in 2007.
With 11 rebounds vs. Mississippi Valley State, senior Murphy Holloway moved into a tie with Coolidge Ball for eighth in the Ole Miss record book with 754 boards. Next on the list is Justin Reed with 766 career rebounds.
Senior forward Reginald Buckner already holds the Ole Miss career record in blocked shots (231) and ranks 16th in SEC history in that category. He is just four blocks shy of tying Leon Douglas of Alabama for 15th.
Ole Miss returns four full-time starters from last year's squad (Nick Williams - 32 , Murphy Holloway - 30, Jarvis Summers - 30, Reginald Buckner - 25) that started a combined 117 games last season and boasts 228 career starts.
KENNEDY ADMINISTRATION BEGINS SEVENTH YEAR
In seven seasons under Mississippi native Andy Kennedy, Ole Miss has a 126-78 record, two SEC West championships, five 20-win campaigns and five postseason berths, which includes a pair of trips to the NIT Final Four. The Rebels have their sights set on challenging for the program's first NCAA Tournament bid since 2002, as Kennedy enters his seventh year at the helm.
Junior Marshall Henderson hit five three-pointers and poured in a game-high 22 points and senior Murphy Holloway collected his 26th career double-double, as Ole Miss raced pasted Mississippi Valley State 93-57 in the season opener on Friday night. Holloway finished with 15 points and added 11 boards to give him 754 rebounds for his career and move him into a tie with Coolidge Ball for eighth on the Ole Miss career list. Freshman Martavious Newby added 11 points and eight rebounds, while senior Reginald Buckner added 10 points, four steals and three blocks for the Rebels. Ole Miss improve to 78-25 (.755 winning percentage) in season openers and have won its last nine season openers, including 16 of the last 17 home openers.
Junior Marshall Henderson was known as a scorer when coach Andy Kennedy signed the guard out of South Plains Junior College, and the Hurst, Texas native definitely lived up to that billing in the season opener versus the Delta Devils. Henderson scored a game-high 22 points, hitting 5 of 11 from behind the arc and becoming the first Rebel to nail five 3-pointers in a game since Dundrecous Nelson in 2011. He finished the game 6 of 12 from the field and added two steals and an assist in his first collegiate start.
Entering his final season at Ole Miss F Murphy Holloway has broken into the school's top 10 for career rebounds. With 11 rebounds versus Mississippi Valley State, Holloway tied Coolidge Ball (754) for eighth place on the Rebels' all-time chart. Holloway is the SEC active career leader in double-doubles, second in rebounds and ranks fifth among active players in points.
Senior F Reginald Buckner became the Rebels' all-time career leader in blocked shots last year. In just 97 games, the Memphis native has now accumulated 231 blocks, which is 16th in SEC history. The school record was previously held by Sean Murphy, who had 180 blocks in 117 games from 1988-91. Buckner's 2.2 average last season ranked fifth among SEC players and 41st in the nation. He now holds the school record for blocks in a career, season and game. He blocked at least one shot in 29 of 31 games last year and 82 of 95 games over his three-year career. His total of 69 blocks last season is the Ole Miss record by a junior and is the second-most in a season in school history. His sophomore season total of 95 is the school record.
SCOUTING THE CHANTICLEERS
Coastal Carolina returns two starters off of last year's squad that posted a 19-12 record and a 12-6 mark in Big South play. The Chanticleers opened the 2012-13 season with a 74-70 overtime home victory over Akron last Friday. Senior Anthony Raffa scored a game-high 27, including hitting 8 of 15 shots from the field and knocking down four three-pointers including a pair in the decisive overtime period. He was also 7-of-10 from the free throw line and tied for the team lead in rebounds with eight. Senior Kierre Greenwood chipped in 19 points and a team-high four assists and sophomore Warren Gillis had a pair of career-highs in points (10) and rebounds (8) in just his fourth career start.
In seven seasons under head coach Andy Kennedy, Ole Miss has racked up a 31-6 record in November games, including a 1-0 mark this season and a 5-1 record last year.
Winning at home has been a trademark of Andy Kennedy's squads since he took the reins in 2006-07. Ole Miss is 85-18 (.824 win pct.) in games played at Tad Smith Coliseum during Kennedy's tenure, including a 1-0 record this season. Ole Miss has won 216 of its last 266 games (.811 win pct.) in Oxford dating back to the 1995-96 campaign. The Rebels have an all-time record of 449-197 (.695 win pct.) at Tad Smith Coliseum, which opened in 1965-66.
The Rebels boast a 76-21 record (.779 win pct.) against teams outside the SEC since Andy Kennedy took over in 2006-07, including a 52-2 mark at home. The Rebels are 1-0 versus non-conference foes this year.
Ole Miss was predicted to finish seventh in the SEC in the preseason media poll. The league eliminated the East and West divisions for the 2011-12 season. Kentucky was tabbed league champion, followed by Florida, Missouri, Tennessee, Arkansas, Alabama and Ole Miss. Rounding out the predictions were Georgia, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt, LSU, Auburn, South Carolina and Mississippi State. Athlon also tabbed Murphy Holloway to the national All-Underrated first team.
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