Ole Miss continued its torrid shooting pace Wednesday night in an 81-49 win over outmanned Troy at Tad Smith Coliseum.
The Rebels moved to 5-4 on the season, winning their third game in a row and shooting 60 percent (34-57) from the field for the contest. In the second half, the Rebs shot an incredible 71 percent (17-24) from the floor.
Ole Miss placed four players in double figures with junior forward Londrick Nolen leading the way with 16 points. Senior center Tommie Eddie had 11 points, while sophomore guard Todd Abernethy and senior guard/forward Kendrick Fox had 10 each.
"We did what we had to do tonight," said Coach Rod Barnes following the victory over the 1-7 Trojans. "I'm still asking for a little more intensity from them on the defensive end. But it was a good outing overall for our team. I told our guys at halftime we wanted to keep them at 50 (for the game) if we could. It was good to get that accomplished."
The Rebels jumped out to an early lead behind the intense play of Nolen. The Memphian scored the Rebels' first seven points on a couple of baskets and a 3-point shot. He then stole the basketball, which allowed Fox to score on a dunk with an assist from – yep, you guessed it – Nolen. Fox was fouled on the dunk, made the free throw, and the Rebels were up 10-2 in the first three minutes of the contest. They never looked back.
Abernethy made a layup at the 6:57 mark of the first period for a 30-18 UM lead. The Rebels led 39-24 at the half.
The lead was 30 points at 69-39 on a basket by junior forward Lonnie Jackson with 5:38 left. It was Jackson again who put an exclamation mark to the Rebs' largest lead to that point at 31 points (78-47) with a slam with 1:11 to go.
But it was sophomore guard Bam Doyne who gave the Rebels their biggest lead of the game. With the clock winding down and no pressure from the Trojan defenders, Doyne shot it basically half-heartedly toward the goal and it went through for the 32-point final count.
"We're still trying to push this team," Barnes said. "We're feeling better and we've got more confidence. But we've got a lot of work ahead of us. We need to be more consistent and we need to keep things going when we get big leads on teams. It was a good win. They're all good wins."
Ole Miss hosts Louisiana-Monroe at 2 p.m. Saturday in Oxford.
The Rebels then play Tuesday night in Tupelo as the second half of a doubleheader with the Lady Rebels. The men play Tennessee-Martin that night following a 6 p.m. women's game between Ole Miss and Clemson.
Rebs trounce Troy 81-49
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