BLOG: Coming off their first loss of the season, the Ole Miss men’s basketball team was able to overcome a sluggish start against the East Tennessee State Buccaneers on Friday night and pull out a 77-55 victory.
The slow start could be attributed to turnovers. The Rebels were in the giving spirit early as they turned the ball over 10 times which had them down to the Buccaneers 16-13 at the midway point in the first half. Ole Miss eventually found its rhythm as it went on a 20-6 run to take a halftime lead 33-22. The Rebels were cold in the first half shooting under 40 percent from the field and under 30 percent behind the three point line.
The second half was a little better for Ole Miss as East Tennessee never threatened and the Rebels shot 48 percent from the field.
Ole Miss leaned on the play of Marshall Henderson, who seemed to find his shot. Henderson had a game-high 22 points with 18 of those points from behind the 3-point arc. The last five shots Henderson made were three-pointers.
Freshman Derek Millinghaus, who played his second game since returning from injury, came off the bench and saw decent playing time scoring nine points to lead all bench scorers.
NEXT UP: Ole Miss now prepares for a four game road trip that includes a trip to Honolulu, Hawaii as they participate in the Diamond Head Classic.
For more on Friday’s game checkout Monday’s print edition of the Oxford EAGLE.
(December 15, 2012)