Southern Miss. 86, Mississippi 82
Angelo Johnson scored 23 points, Neil Watson added 18 and
Southern Mississippi beat Mississippi 86-82 on Saturday.
Southern Miss (8-2) led for much of the second half but Ole
Miss’ Terrance Henry tied the game at 76 on a pair of free throws
with 1:53 remaining. Watson responded with a 3-pointer to give the
Golden Eagles a 79-76 lead and Torye Pelham added an emphatic
one-handed jam on the next possession to seal the victory.
Southern Miss shot 49.2 percent from the field (30 of 61),
including 53.3 percent (8 of 15) from 3-point range.
Ole Miss (9-2) was led by Henry’s 26 points. He shot 10 of 14
from the field. Dundrecous Nelson scored 19 points and Jarvis
Summers added 12.
It was the teams’ first meeting in Hattiesburg since 1994. The
loss snapped Ole Miss’ six-game winning streak.
Ole Miss took a 34-33 lead into halftime on Murphy Holloway’s
15-footer at the buzzer.
Neither team could get much of an advantage until midway through
the second half, when Southern Miss used an 8-0 run to push ahead
60-55 with 9:29 remaining. The Rebels fought back but couldn’t get
the win in front of a raucous Southern Miss crowd that got an
unexpected treat: The football team’s quarterback Austin Davis
proposed to his girlfriend at halftime.
Southern Miss lost much of its roster from last season’s team
that finished with a 22-10 record, but coach Larry Eustachy has
restocked quickly. Holdovers Johnson, LaShay Page and Maurice
Bolden provide a solid nucleus, while newcomers like Watson and
Jonathan Mills have filled out the roster with quality players.
Johnson made 8 of 13 shots from the field, including 3 of 4 from
3-point range. The senior played despite a staph infection on the
side of his face and neck that was covered by a large bandage.
Watson scored 12 of his 18 points in the second half and also added
Ole Miss lost despite one of its better shooting games this
season. The Rebels made 45.2 percent (28 of 62) of their shots from
the field and outrebounded the Golden Eagles 39-33.
Reggie Buckner scored 10 points, grabbed 16 rebounds and blocked
four shots, giving the 6-foot-8 junior the school’s career blocks
record with 183.
Ole Miss’ Jelan Kendrick – a former McDonald’s All-American –
saw his first career action but didn’t score in eight minutes off
The 6-7 redshirt freshman’s role is expected to expand as
Southeastern Conference play approaches. He’s undeniably talented,
with long arms, a deft shooting touch and the ability to play both
guard positions, but has struggled to find a college home.
He started at Memphis but left the program before playing a game
after repeated disagreements with coach Josh Pastner. Then he
transferred to Ole Miss, where he had to sit out a season because
of NCAA rules. He was expected to play for the first time against
Louisiana-Lafayette on Wednesday, but didn’t dress out because of
what Kennedy called a ”coach’s decision.”