BLOG — Saturday night’s game with South Carolina may not have been the most efficient of the year for the Ole Miss Rebels. It may have been a grind that coach Andy Kennedy has come to call a lot of his team’s games, but in the end, it was a win.Ole Miss defeated South Carolina 66-62 at C.M. “Tad” Smith Coliseum thanks to a late 3-pointer by Terrance Henry and a couple of late stops on defense. The loss came just 48 hours after the Rebels suffered a disappointing 64-60 loss to No. 14 Florida.
Despite committing seven turnovers, Henry found a way to make the biggest plays of the night for the Rebels. He led the team with 15 points, while Murphy Holloway scored 14 points and grabbed 11 rebounds against his former team.
“We to refer to it as the grind. Sometimes the Rebels win, sometimes the other team wins and sometimes the grind and tonight the grind was winning a little bit,” Kennedy said about the way his team beat USC. “We’ve got to always remember who we are and when the grind is winning, it’s hard to win those effort areas. But we continued to do so. We were up 38-28 on the glass. We came up with a couple of big plays in the open floor and Terrance knocked down a shot that you want your senior to make.”
For more on the Rebels win, see Monday’s Sports section. (January 29, 2012)