Murphy Holloway returned just at the wrong time as far as the Razorbacks are concerned.
Murphy – a 6-7, 240-pound junior who had missed the last three games because of an injury – had 19 points and 14 rebounds as Ole Miss absolutely pounded Arkansas on the boards en route to a 71-63 win Wednesday night at Tad Smith Coliseum.
"They took the fight to us," Arkansas head coach Mike Anderson said.
Nick Williams had 18 points and Reggie Bucker 8 points and 11 rebounds for the Rebels (11-5, 1-1), won the board battle 46-23.
"We showed our youth tonight, our inexperience was on display tonight," Anderson said. "Coming into this game, Ole Miss was a team that has some size so we had to get in there and really battle on the boards and we didn't do that."
Ole Miss ended its three-game losing streak by scoring over 60 points for the first time in a month.
"I think Murphy Holloway gave them a big, big lift," Anderson said. "Even though he was playing somewhat injured, I just think a one-legged Holloway is better than some other players.
"I just think his aggressiveness and his leadership was big for their basketball team," Anderson added.
It also ended a seven-game winning streak for the Razorbacks (12-4, 1-1), who have now lost four straight to the Rebels, seven of eight and 14 of the last 16 in the series.
"They had not been shooting it great as a team, but it just seemed tonight that tonight Ole Miss was much more desperate than the Razorbacks," Anderson said.
Ole Miss moved to 7-0 in home games while Arkansas is now 0-4 in game away from Bud Walton Arena.
The Rebels did so despite committing 24 turnovers and not hitting a 3-pointer.
Marvell Waithe had 15 points, B.J. Young 14, Mississippi native Julysess Nobles 12 and Rickey Scott 10 for Arkansas.
Young and Nobles had combined for 48 points in last Saturday's 98-88 home win over No. 15 Mississippi State.
Ole Miss led from 19-18 on and had a 37-29 lead at halftime.
The Rebels moved that lead to 13 twice in the second half before the Razorbacks made a run.
Young's dunk got Arkansas within 59-54 with 4:11 left, but Ole Miss then closed out the game.
"There are windows of opportunity where you are going to hang around on the road and put yourself in position to win," Anderson said. "Every time we did, they got an offensive rebound. They just dominated the glass."
Starting forwards DeVonta Abron and Michael Sanchez combined for just one rebound.
"I just don't think our front line was that productive when you talk about what they brought to the table," Anderson said. "Marvell knocked some shots down, but most of those were on the perimeter, but he missed opportunities with lay-ups.
"I didn't like it from a rebound standpoint," Anderson added. "DeVonta and Mike Sanchez had just one rebound. You can't afford to have that."
The Razorbacks will return to action on Saturday when it hosts LSU at 8 p.m.
Ole Miss 71, Arkansas 63
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