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Rebels lose heartbreaker to La Salle

BLOG — Ole Miss’ latest trip to Kansas City, Mo., didn’t turn out to be as sweet as the one 12 years ago. The 12th-seeded Rebels lost a 76-74 heartbreaker to No. 13 La Salle Sunday evening at the Sprint Center in a game that decided the fourth team in the NCAA Tournament’s West Region.Ole Miss, which came a win short of the all-time record for wins in a single season, led  74-72 with 1:58 left in the game only to see the Explorers score the final four points of the contest and earn their third win in five days.

Tyrone Garland ended up scoring the game-winning basket for La Salle on a driving layup with 2.5 seconds. His shot came over Ole Miss’ Reginald Buckner, the school’s all-time leader in blocked shots. It also came seconds after the Rebels’ Marshall Henderson missed a jumper in the lane appeared to be fouled. Henderson said following the game the referee told him that there would be no foul called.

Ole MIss coach Andy Kennedy credited the play of the Explorers (24-11) and for their ability to make plays when it counted the most.

“The reality of it is winning teams make winning plays and La Salle made winning plays. You can’t shoot  40 something percent from the free-throw line and expect to get to the Sweet 16,” Kennedy said. “You can shoot 21 percent from behind the 3-point line and expect to get to the Sweet 16. There were plays to be made and we didn’t make them. La Salle made them.”

Ole Miss allowed La Salle to shoot 49.1 percent from the floor in the contest, including 56.5 percent in the second half when many thought the Explorers’ legs would leave them. Ramon Galloway led La Salle with 24 points, with 19 coming in the first half, while Tyreek Duren finished with 19.

Henderson led four Rebels with 21 points. Murphy Holloway finished with 14 points and 13 rebounds in his final game as Rebel, while Jarvis Summers and Nick Williams chipped in 12 and 10 points respectively.

Below is a video of Williams in the locker room after the game.

 (March 25, 2013)

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