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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Ole Miss beats ‘Bama, snaps skid

BLOG Jarvis Summers scored 20 points, Martavious Newby recorded his first career double-double, and Ole Miss snapped its four-game losing streak with a 79-67 win over Alabama Wednesday night at C.M. “Tad” Smith Coliseum.

Ole Miss (17-11, 8-7 Southeastern Conference) held a double-digit lead for most of the contest and led by at least two possessions throughout the second half, though Alabama did get within six at 64-58 with 6:10 left. The Rebels pushed the lead back to double figures less than two minutes later to finish out the win, avenging a 67-64 road loss to the Crimson Tide on Feb. 11.

“It just feels good to win,” Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy said. “I wanted to get a little pop back in our step. … Everybody’s in this grind. We’re no different. We’ve just got to be tough enough mentally and physically to grind through it and just see what this team is capable of doing.”

Alabama (11-17, 5-10) entered the night in the bottom third of the league in scoring offense and didn’t have much success against the Rebels until late. The Tide had 40 points with 12:57 left in the game and shot 42 percent, a figure that dropped to 24 percent (6 of 23) from beyond the arc.

Ole Miss finished plus-18 (42-24) on the glass, winning a rebounding battle for the first time in five games, and got heavy production off the bench from Newby, who turned in a career night in points (15) and rebounds (10) in 31 minutes. Marshall Henderson had 13 points while Aaron Jones added 12 points and six rebounds.

Shannon Hale scored a game-high 27 points for Alabama. Trevor Releford finished with 16 points but never really got going like he did in the teams’ first meeting. Releford, who had 26 points against the Rebels the first time, had to score 14 of his points after halftime to reach that total and connected on just two of his eight 3-pointers.

Henderson also finished 2 of 8 from long range but made some history when he knocked down his first 3 less than two minutes in. The shot ran Henderson’s streak with a made 3-pointer to an SEC-record 61 games, breaking the previous mark held by former Arkansas great Pat Bradley.

“It is an honor to break the record, but when you shoot as many 3s as I do, records are bound to fall,” Henderson said in a statement.

See Thursday’s edition of the EAGLE for complete coverage from Wednesday’s game. (February 26, 2014)

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