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Jarvis Summers made two free-throw attempts with 20.1 seconds left in overtime, and a desperation 3-point attempt by Miami fell short as time expired, as Ole Miss earned a 64-61 win over Miami Friday afternoon.

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Summers, starting at point guard for the second-straight game, scored 13 points in the game. A true freshman, Summers averages 13.5 points per game in his starts. He was one of four Rebels to score double-digit points. Sophomore guard Dundrecous Nelson led the team with 17 points on 6 of 11 shooting.

"He has really been immersed in the fire," Ole Miss head coach Andy Kennedy said of Summers. "He's a kid who was playing high school basketball this time last year. Not only are we asking him to run our team and get the ball to the right people at the right time and make his shots, but we're also asking him to guard possibly one of the best guards he'll guard all year (in Malcolm Grant). Those are high demands, but that's what the job requires."

"This is a very big win for us," Nelson said. "They were undefeated coming in, one of the good teams in the ACC. This goes in the win column for us. We can't let up."

Murphy Holloway had a key free-throw make at the 1:20 mark of overtime. Holloway finished 4 of 8 from the line, and recorded his second double-double of the season. He had 13 points and 17 rebounds. Holloway has 16 double-doubles in his career. Terrance Henry had 12 points and six rebounds.

"I think this is a real good win for us," Holloway said. "Miami, they're a real good team. I think they came in undefeated. It's a good win for us."

Jarvis Summers
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Ole Miss is now 5-1 on the year. Miami fell to 4-1. The Rebels are 18-25 all-time against ACC opponents. Ole Miss last beat an ACC team in 2008, when the Rebels downed Virginia Tech in the NIT quarterfinals.

Ole Miss held Miami to 37 percent shooting for the game. The Rebels shot 38 percent. They won the rebounding battle, 39-37, and shot 19 of 30 from the free throw line. Miami was led in scoring by Grant, who had 22 points.

"Effort has never been an issue with this group," Kennedy said. "They've always played pretty hard. Our execution is unbelievable at times, not in a positive way. A lot of that is playing with young guys in your back court. Some of that is not to be unexpected.

"But defensively, from an effort standpoint of giving maximum effort, this group has always been pretty consistent in that regard."

Ole Miss jumped out to a 17-0 lead with 12:36 remaining in the first half. However, Miami clawed back into the game, outscoring Ole Miss 25-12 in the remainder. Ole Miss led 29-25 at halftime.

Miami took a five-point lead with 4:50 to go in the game, just its second lead of the afternoon. However, critical stops and timely shooting allowed Ole Miss to retake the lead minutes later. Ole Miss failed to maintain a four-point advantage with 28 seconds left.

"For us, I thought it was a good, emotional win for this group because, again, we're not playing nearly as well as I think we're capable," Kennedy said. "If we can ever find a rhythm offensively and knock down open shots and make our free throws and get into a rhythm, I think this team can exhale a little bit and maybe take that next step."

"They did a good job of getting second-chance points and getting to the foul line," Miami head coach Jim Larranga said. "We were not able to get to the free throw line. Only shot 13 free throws to their 30, which is quite a bit out of character for us."

Ole Miss returns to action Dec. 1 at DePaul. ESPN will carry the game, which is scheduled for an 8 p.m. tip.

Buckner day-to-day:

Ole Miss played Saturday's game without junior forward Reginald Buckner.

Buckner returned from a brief suspension in the Paradise Jam, held in the U.S. Virgin Islands, last week. Ole Miss finished third place in the tournament with a 2-1 record.

He practiced in full Wednesday. However, a day later, he returned to practice with swelling in his knee. Trainers drained the knee in an attempt to alleviate the pressure. But when the pressure failed to subside, he underwent an MRI, which revealed a bone bruise.

He's day-to-day.

"Great report," Kennedy said. "He's had some issues before. When we came back from Cancun last year, first game back he couldn't play. Had some swelling, and it was a different issue last year. This year we come back, Tuesday's a hard day. We practice Wednesday and really got after them. Tried to make some adjustments to what we had learned in St. Thomas, and he had one of his most productive days. He was tremendous.

"Come in Thursday and his knee was swollen. Concerned us a little bit. We were cautious, and our doctors jumped right on it. There's nothing structurally wrong. He's got a bone bruise. Now it's just a matter of rehabbing, getting that swelling out. My hope is he'll be ready next Thursday, but it'll be a day-to-day thing."

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