Londrick Nolen came to play today. Actually the junior forward has come to play all year.
Leading the Ole Miss Rebels in their 84-58 victory over Louisiana-Monroe with a career-high 25 points, the junior college transfer from Memphis (Southwest Tennessee CC and Raleigh-Egypt High) came in to today's action scoring 12 points a game. But today he took his game to an all-time high.
"It wasn't so much that I was feeling it as I was just taking good shots," said Nolen, who has now scored in double digits the last seven games. "When I'm open, I try to take a good shot. A lot of times lately, they've been going in."
Another impressive set of numbers for Nolen, in addition to the 25 points, was 30 minutes of action with no turnovers and five assists.
"I'm proud of the fact that I had no turnovers," Nolen said.
"I'm very impressed with the way Londrick Nolen is playing," Ole Miss head coach Rod Barnes said. "He's really become a key to what we're trying to do."
Barnes, whose team is now 6-4 on the season, said the four-game win streak the Rebels are on has shown how far his team has come in a month.
"Our guys are really sharing the basketball and we're playing together as a team," Barnes said. "We're not the same team that started the season in Milwaukee."
Ole Miss went up 13-0 early with Nolen scoring nine of the Rebs' first 13 points. They basically never looked back. The UM lead was 42-23 at halftime and was as much as 26 points before this one was over.
The Rebels have been on fire in the shooting department. Today they shot 75 percent in the first half and for the game were at 61 percent. It was the fourth straight game the Rebels have shot better than 53 percent for a game. In three of their last six halves, they've shot better than 70 percent.
Senior center Tommie Eddie didn't have a bad day himself as the Brooklyn, N.Y., native and Coffeyville (Kan.) CC product poured in 17 points, five above his 12 points per game average.
"Tommie's been playing well," Barnes said of Eddie, who played only 18 minutes and had an assist and four rebounds in addition to his 17 points. "Probably in per minutes and average of points, Tommie may be leading the entire country."
The Rebels' next action is in Tupelo Tuesday at 8:15 p.m. against Tennessee-Martin, the second half of a doubleheader with the Lady Rebs. The Ole Miss women play Clemson at 6 p.m.
"We're thankful we're healthy at this point," Barnes said. "The guys are playing with a lot of enthusiasm and excitement. It's really good to see our team come to the floor the way this team comes to the floor. We've gotten a lot of work in lately with practices and games, and we've gotten a lot of guys in the mix. We feel good about where we are as a team right now."
Rebs move to 6-4 with win against Louisiana-Monroe
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