Rebels Host McNeese State Tuesday

Nov. 22, 1999

GAME # 2

McNeese State vs. Ole Miss
Tuesday, November 23 @ 7:00 p.m.
Tad Smith Coliseum @ Oxford, Miss.

OLE MISS TO HOST MCNEESE STATE ON TUESDAY
The Ole Miss Rebels (1-0, 0-0 SEC) will play their second straight home game to open the 1999-2000 season, hosting McNeese State (0-1, 0-0 SLC) on Tuesday. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. (CT) at Tad Smith Coliseum. The Rebels won their season opener on Nov. 19, defeating Jacksonville State, 74-59. Prior to its season opener, Ole Miss had defeated Spirit Express, 90-67 and MBK-Odessa Ukraine, 51-25 in the Rebels' two exhibition games. McNeese State, a member of the Southland Conference, dropped its season opener at Wichita State, 72-52 on Nov. 19. In their exhibition game, the Cowboys defeated the Australia Geelong Supercats, 101-81.

OLE MISS-MCNEESE STATE SERIES
The Rebels hold a 5-1 lead in the series versus McNeese State, with all six meetings taking place since 1989. Ole Miss won the first five encounters, but the Cowboys won the last meeting, a 76-70 victory in Lake Charles, La., in the 1994-95 season. The last Rebel win was a 75-55 victory in Oxford in the 1993-94 campaign.

PROBABLE STARTERS

* Based on last game's starters

No.Player (Yr.)Pos.Ht.Wt.PPG/RPGHometown
22Jason Flanigan (Jr.)G6-11755.0/5.0Little Rock, Ark.
30Josh Hayes (Fr.)G6-71905.0/2.0Little Rock, Ark.
24Marcus Hicks (Sr.)F6-620014.0/6.0Jackson, Tenn.
25Lataryl Williams (Sr.)F6-720015.0/5.0Oxford, Miss.
44Rahim Lockhart (Jr.)F6-825029.0/11.0Mendenhall, Miss.

RESERVES

No.Player (Yr.)Pos.Ht.Wt.PPG/RPGHometown
11Jason Harrison (So.)G5-51503.0/2.0Little Rock, Ark.
15Ray Waddell (Jr.)G5-91650.0/0.0Philadelphia, Miss.
20Jason Holmes (Jr.)G6-52000.0/2.0Tylertown, Miss.
21Darrian Brown (So.)G/F6-62000.0/1.0West Memphis, Ark.
23Syniker Taylor (Fr.)G6-01950.0/0.0Gulfport, Miss.#
31John Gunn (Fr.)F/C6-102450.0/0.0Oxford, Miss.
32Emmanuel Wade (Fr.)G6-31853.0/3.0Marianna, Ark.
45Richard Kirklin (Fr.)F6-92000.0/6.0Pine Bluff, Ark.
54John Engstrom (So.)C7-02450.0/0.0Paragould, Ark.
# will join the team following the football season

LAST MEETING
December 31, 1994 @ Lake Charles, La.
McNeese State 76, Ole Miss 70

McNeese State's Tommy Mumford scored a game-high 29 points and grabbed seven boards to lead the Cowboys to a 76-70 victory over Ole Miss. Alvydas Pazdrazdis scored 18 points, and Paul Curtis added 12 points.

John Jackson led four Rebels in double figures with 19 points. Fred Johnigan and Anthony Boone each scored 12 points, while David Johnson added 10 points. Johnson led Ole Miss on the boards with seven rebounds.

The Rebels held a four-point lead at 56-52 midway through the second half. Mumford, however, tied the game at 58-all on a three-point play with 6:58 left in the contest. Ole Miss regained a three-point advantage at 65-62 on a Jackson layup with 5:08 left.

Over the next two minutes, McNeese State went on a 6-0 run to take a 68-65 lead. A Cedric Brim trey tied the game at 68-all with 2:21 remaining, but the Cowboys would take control from that point. McNeese State hit 8-of-10 from the free throw line in the final two minutes for the win.

In the first half, Ole Miss build a 13-point advantage at 16-3, but the Cowboys stormed back and took their first lead of the game at 30-29 on a Mumford three-point play with 4:20 left before the break.

Ole Miss shot 54.7 percent from the field, while McNeese State hit 50 percent from the floor. The Rebels out-rebounded the Cowboys, 36-28.

Ole MissFG-A3P-AFT-ARebPtsAstBlkStl
Jackson9-130-01-3219200
Sesay2-40-10-034200
Brim1-51-32-245302
Johnson5-120-00-2710812
Butler1-10-00-012100
Burnside0-00-00-010000
Goolsby0-00-00-000000
Johnigan3-72-64-4612303
Boone6-70-00-1612110
Sims2-40-02-356001
Totals29-533-129-1536702028

McNeese St.FG-A3P-AFT-ARebPtsAstBlkStl
Wordlaw1-101-64-557403
Mumford11-120-07-13729102
Curtis3-40-06-10112202
Klein1-40-20-002002
Lewis0-10-00-010000
Boudreaux4-80-00-168203
DeGruy0-00-00-000301
Pazdrazdis6-132-64-5118303
Totals26-523-1421-34287615016

Ole Miss3436 70
McNeese State3541 76

Attendance: 2,000

SCOUTING MCNEESE STATE
McNeese State, a member of the Southland Conference, enters Tuesday's game after dropping a 72-52 decision in its season opener at Wichita State last Friday. Tuesday's game is the second of a five-game road trip for McNeese State. After Tuesday's game, the Cowboys will travel to Baylor (Nov. 27), West Virginia (Dec. 4) and Louisiana Tech (Dec. 11). Sophomore forward Adrian Johnson and senior guard Demond Mallet each scored 10 points to lead the Cowboys in their season opener. Junior Fred Gentry grabbed 10 rebounds to lead McNeese State on the boards. Last season, Mallet averaged 17.6 points (team leader), 3.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists, while Gentry was the team's leading rebounder with a 5.5 average. McNeese State, which finished with a 13-15 overall mark in 1998-99, tied for fifth place in the Southland Conference with an 11-7 league record. This season, the Cowboys are picked to finish third in the Southland Conference. Head coach Ron Everhart is in his sixth season at McNeese State and has an overall record of 64-74.

McNEESE STATE PROBABLE STARTERS

* Based on last game's starters
No.Player (Yr.)Pos.Ht.Wt.PPG/RPGHometown
13Adrian Johnson (So.)F6-619310.0/3.0Bossier City, La.
31Khalid Morris (Sr.)F6-51854.0/0.0Los Angeles, Calif.
42Fred Gentry (Jr.)C6-82306.0/10.0DeQuincy, La.
10Chauncey Bryant (So.)G5-91608.0/6.0Jersey City, N.J.
20Demond Mallet (Sr.)G6-118210.0/6.0Leesville, La.

TOP RESERVES

No.Player (Yr.)Pos.Ht.Wt.PPG/RPGHometown
3Tierre Brown (Jr.)G6-21805.0/1.0Iowa, La.
5Corey Route (Fr.)G6-31757.0/2.0Baton Rouge, La.
32Paul Beik (Fr.)F6-62302.0/5.0Orlando, Fla.
50Kirril Yakovlev (Jr.)F6-92150.0/1.0St. Petersburg, Russia

BARNES IN SECOND SEASON AS REBEL MENTOR
Rod Barnes is in his second season at the helm of the Ole Miss Rebel basketball program. With the Rebels' win over Jacksonville State last Friday, Barnes improved his overall coaching record to 21-13. In his first season in 1998-99, Barnes guided Ole Miss to a 20-13 overall record and a third straight NCAA Tournament appearance. The Satartia, Miss., native became the first head coach in the history of Rebel basketball to win 20 games in his first season. Last season, Barnes also guided the Rebels to a 72-70 win over Villanova in the NCAA Tournament first round, marking the program's first-ever victory in NCAA play. Barnes was hired as the Rebel head coach on April 9, 1998, after Rob Evans left to take the h ead coaching position at Arizona State on April 6. A 1988 graduate of Ole Miss, Barnes served as an assistant under Evans from 1993-98. During his time as an assistant coach, the Rebels compiled a record of 76-63 and won back-to-back Southeastern Conference Western Division titles and received consecutive NCAA Tournament berths in 1997 and 1998. Barnes played at Ole Miss from 1984-88 and was named All-SEC his senior season. He still ranks on the Ole Miss career charts in scoring (17th, 1,201 points), assists (2nd, 456) and steals (6th, 154).

OLE MISS VERSUS THE SOUTHLAND CONFERENCE
The Rebels have an all-time record of 29-6 (.829 winning percentage) versus current members of the Southland Conference. Ole Miss has played Southeastern Louisiana (11-0), Sam Houston State (4-0), Northwestern State (2-0), Nicholls State (2-0), McNeese State (5-1), Lamar (1-1) and Louisiana-Monroe (4-4). After Tuesday's game against McNeese State, the Rebels will meet two other Southland Conference teams Southeastern Louisiana (Dec. 15) and Louisiana-Monroe (Dec. 19) later this year.

LOCKHART EXPLODES FOR CAREER HIGH
In the Rebels' 74-59 victory over Jacksonville State last Friday, junior forward Rahim Lockhart (Mendenhall, Miss.) netted a career-best 29 points, breaking his previous high of 21 points against Alabama on Jan. 6, 1999. The 6-foot-8, 250-pound forward scored his 29 points on 11-of-17 shooting from the field and 7-of-10 from the charity stripe. The 11 field goals were also a career high for Lockhart. He also tied a career best with four blocked shots. In 32 minutes of action versus Jacksonville State, Lockhart committed no turnovers.

REBELS ENTER 1999-2000 SEASON WITH NEW LOOK
After three seasons of having several returnees, the Ole Miss Rebel basketball program entered the 1999-2000 campaign with a new look, as only two starters and seven letterwinners return. Last season, the Rebels returned three starters and nine letterwinners, and in 1997-98, all five starters returned from the 1996-97 season. The following chart shows what the Rebels return in 1999-2000:

CategoryReturningPct.
Points1186 of 254046.7
Rebounds576 of 119748.1
Assists265 of 54548.6
Blocks86 of 13364.7
Steals156 of 32647.9

LOCKHART DOUBLES HIS PLEASURE
Junior Rahim Lockhart recorded the second double-double of his career with his 29-point, 11-board performance versus Jacksonville State last Friday. Lockhart's first career double-double came last season against Tennessee (Feb. 17, 1999) with a 16-point, 12-rebound game.

OLE MISS TOUGH AT HOME VERSUS NON-CONFERENCE FOES
In recent years, the Rebels have been tough on all opponents entering Tad Smith Coliseum (a.k.a. the "Tad Pad"). Entering the 1998-99 season, Ole Miss had a 20-game homecourt win streak, and the Rebels extended that streak to 29 games before falling to nationally-ranked Auburn on Jan. 13, 1999. Despite the overall homecourt win streak coming to an end, the Rebels still have another homecourt streak intact consecutive home wins versus non-conference opponents. Ole Miss entered the 1999-2000 season with the eighth-longest homecourt win streak versus non-conference opponents. With their win over Jacksonville State last Friday, the Rebels' streak reached 26 straight, and Ole Miss now has the fifth longest streak (New Mexico and Clemson both lost last weekend). The following chart shows the nation's top homecourt winning streaks versus non-conference opponents:

#SchoolNo.Last home lossTeam, Score
1.Maryland6612/12/89Coppin St., 70-63
2.N. Carolina551/7/89Iowa, 98-97
3.Washington St.4112/14/89Idaho, 56-52
4.Penn State393/18/92Pitt, 67-65 (NIT)
T5.OLE MISS2611/27/95Davidson, 84-83 (ot)
T5.SW Texas St.2612/14/91Baylor, 67-55
7.Vanderbilt2412/30/95Boston College, 90-74

REBELS TOUGH ON NON-CONFERENCE FOES IN RECENT YEARS
In last eight years (including the 1999-2000 season), the Rebels have posted a 52-27 record (.658 winning percentage) versus non-conference opponents. Non-conference foes have found Ole Miss especially tough the last five seasons (1995-96, 1996-97, 1997-98, 1998-99, 1999-2000), as the Rebels have an impressive 35-11 mark (.761 winning percentage) against out-of-conference teams. The following shows Ole Miss' non-conference record over the previous seven years:

	
	92-93     5-5         
	93-94     7-3         
        94-95     5-5
	95-96     6-4
	96-97     8-3
	97-98     9-2
	98-99    11-4
	99-2000   1-0
	

FRESHMAN HAYES GETS STARTING NOD IN FIRST GAME
Freshman Josh Hayes (Little Rock, Ark.) received the starting nod in his first game in a Rebel uniform in Ole Miss' season opener versus Jacksonville State last Friday. Hayes had a solid showing in his first start with five points, two rebounds, one assist, one blocked shot, one steal and no turnovers in 16 minutes of action. Hayes is the first Rebel freshman to start his first game since former standout Jason Smith did so in the 1995-96 season opener versus Davidson (an 84-83 overtime loss on Nov. 27, 1995).

REBELS CELEBRATES 90TH SEASON OF BASKETBALL IN 1999-2000
In 1999-2000, the Ole Miss Rebel basketball program will celebrate its 90th campaign. The Rebels have posted a 925-1044 all-time record in their previous 89 seasons. The Ole Miss program has won a Southern Conference Tournament title (1927-28), a Southeastern Conference Tournament title (1981) and consecutive SEC Western Division titles (1997, 1998). The Rebels have also appeared in four NCAA Tournaments (1981, 1997, 1998, 1999) and five NITs (1980, 1982, 1983, 1987, 1989).

THE MAGIC NUMBER IS...
Well, for the Rebels, it seems as if that number is 70. In the past four seasons (1996-97, 1997-98, 1998-99, 1999-2000), Ole Miss has an incredible 56-6 record (.903 winning percentage) when it scores 70 points or more in a game. On the other hand, the Rebels are 7-23 when they net less than 70 points in a game. Last season, Ole Miss had an 18-3 record (.857 winning percentage) when it eclipsed the 70-point plateau. This year, the Rebels are 1-0 when scoring 70 points or more.

GOING FOR FOUR STRAIGHT NCAA TOURNAMENTS IN 1999-2000
The Ole Miss Rebel basketball program is the first team from the state of Mississippi to play in three straight NCAA Men's Basketball Division I Tournaments since Alcorn State did so in 1982, 1983, and 1984. No Division I men's basketball team from the state of Mississippi has ever played in four consecutive NCAA Tournaments.

OLE MISS PICKED SIXTH IN WEST BY MEDIA
The Ole Miss Rebels were picked to finish in sixth place in the SEC Western Division in a vote by media members at the annual conference media days on Nov. 3-4. Auburn was selected to win the SEC overall title and the Western Division championship. Arkansas was second, followed by Alabama, Mississippi State and LSU. In the East, Florida was picked to finish first, followed by Kentucky, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Georgia and South Carolina.

OLE MISS' 1999-2000 RECRUITING CLASS RANKED AMONG NATION'S ELITE
The 1999-2000 Rebel recruiting class was ranked among the top 30 in the country, according to two national recruiting publications. The Ole Miss recruiting class was ranked No. 26 in the nation by both PrepStar and HOOP SCOOP magazines. Other Southeastern Conference schools ranked (PrepStar/HOOP SCOOP) were: Mississippi State (3/3), Florida (6/6), Kentucky (7/7), Alabama (9/9), Georgia (10/10), South Carolina (12/12), Tennessee (14/14) and Arkansas (22/22).

TIP-INS...
Freshman Richard Kirklin (Pine Bluff, Ark.) continued his impressive play on the boards, grabbing six rebounds in the Rebels' season-opening win over Jacksonville State last Friday...Ole Miss will be looking for its fourth straight 2-0 start to open a season on Tuesday. The Rebels have started a season with a 2-0 record seven times in the 1990s (since 1990-91).


 

 

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