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Henry leads Rebels past Arkansas

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Terrance Henry smiled at the crowd and appeared as comfortable as anyone in Bud Walton Arena —  with good reason.
The Ole Miss senior converted a three-point play with 8.2 seconds left Tuesday night to lift the Rebels to a 77-75 victory over Arkansas.
Ole Miss (17-12, 7-8 Southeastern Conference) has won four in a row at Bud Walton Arena and has swept the season series with Arkansas three of the last four years.
“I can’t explain it,” Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy said. “I just think that when we come in we’ve had some success because our kids have been aggressive.
“If you’re not aggressive on the road, you have no chance.”
This one came in dramatic comeback fashion, with the Rebels trailing by 15 points midway through the second half before rallying. It also kept faint postseason hopes alive for an Ole Miss team that has won two straight after a three-game losing streak.
Henry led the Rebels with 19 points, but none were bigger than his final basket and free throw. Ole Miss trailed 75-74 before Henry scored on the baseline and was fouled with 8.2 seconds remaining.
His free throw put the Rebels up 77-75, and BJ Young’s last-second layup rimmed out for Arkansas (18-12, 6-9), which has lost three in a row at home after opening the season 17-0.
“We never wanted to give up,” Henry said. “That’s what type of team we are. We’re a grind-it-out team that is going to fight until the end. We pulled it out in the end.”
Henry had plenty of help up front. The Rebels outrebounded the Razorbacks 44-35, led by a 16-point, 16-rebound effort from Murphy Holloway, and shot 58.1 percent in the second half after a 26.7 percent effort in the first half.
Jarvis Summers added 17 points, 16 in the second half, and Reginald Buckner had eight points and 15 rebounds.
Arkansas led 55-40 with 13:36 to go before faltering and falling to 17-3 at home. The loss was Arkansas’ sixth in its last eight games.
Young led the Razorbacks with 19 points, but it was his final point-blank miss after driving through traffic that caused him to lie on the court moments after the final buzzer.
“He’s hurt,” Arkansas coach Mike Anderson said. “All of our guys are hurt. He wanted to win this game, not only for our season but those seniors.
“Those seniors started off the season with a win and wanted to end it with a win.” (February 29, 2012, Page 6)

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