NEW ORLEANS — Ole Miss defeated Auburn 68-54 in the first round of the Southeastern Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament Thursday evening.Ole Miss, the No. 7 seed, will now play Tennessee, the No. 2 seed, on Friday at 6:30 p.m. Here is blog that lists Thursday’s scoring from the victory.
I will update the blog during the game, during timeouts and at the half and the end of the game of course. For a complete roundup of tonight’s game, see Friday’s Sports section.
After not being able to hit a handful of point blank shots, the Rebels settled in and got some putbacks and free throws after being aggressive and driving to the goal. Ole Miss had drawn six Auburn fouls by the first media timeout, which is just over 4 minutes into the contest. The Rebels and Tigers are tied 6-6.
Despite a huge advantage in fouls called against Auburn, the Rebels only lead 15-14. Auburn has been whistled for nine fouls so far. Ole Miss, zero. The Rebels have been more aggressive, but unable to make the Tigers pay at the free-throw line.
7:54, TO, OM leads 20-17
Ole Miss is ahead of Auburn 20-17 thanks to five straight points from Holloway. Ole Miss is shooting just 33 percent (6-for-18) from the floor and an is 7-for-13 from the free-throw line. Those two stats are similar to what they’ve done this year and as a result, they have allowed the Tigers to hang around despite being in the bonus for most of the first half.
3:51, TO, OM up 26-21
A 3-pointer from Williams has given the Rebels a 26-21 lead over the Tigers. Holloway has 10 rebounds so far for the Rebels, so he has made a big impact so far. Summers has played well for the Rebels and White is doing his part handling the ball if he hasn’t made much of a contribution in the scoring department.
End First Half: OM leads Auburn 28-23
The Rebels ended the first half by scoring five of the final seven points to gain a five-point lead on the Tigers at the break. Williams scored all five of those points for the Rebels and he has seven points so far. Holloway led the way with 10 points. Both Ole Miss and Auburn both shot under 40 percent from the field. White is in foul trouble for the Rebels having been whistled for three in the first half.
Rebels lead 42-34, 14:46, TO
The pace of the game has picked up and the Rebels have been hot from the floor in the early going. Williams has hit two 3-pointers in the early going, while Buckner has four points. Ole Miss was up 42-30, but Auburn has scored the last four points of the game to reduce the lead under double digits.
OM ahead 44-39, 11:10 left
Ole Miss has hit a bit of a lull having only scored two points the last three minutes. Auburn has made some progress on offense, but the Rebels have done a good job against them in the halfcourt all game. It will be interesting to see how this ends up.
OM ahead 49-42, 8:36 left
After being held without a point for over four minutes, the Rebels got a free throw from White and 3-pointer from White to go back ahead by seven. Williams has been key for the Rebels here in the second half and his shooting is really saving them right now.
Rebels up 59-48, 3:30 left
Williams has carried the Rebels in the second half and game overall on offense. He currently sits at 22 points and has tied his career-high with 4 3-pointers. Demarco Cox has also contributed four points off the bench here in the late stages of the game. Ole Miss is in the bonus and two fouls against Auburn from reaching the double bonus.
Williams finished with a career high 22 points and the Rebels were able to advance to meet Tennessee in the quarterfinals. (March 8, 2012)