Rebels Beat Colonels

Ole Miss picked up its ninth win of the season by pulling away from a feisty Nicholls State team late for a 53-41 victory at home Saturday.

Against the Colonels, David Huertas had 14 points and Murphy Holloway 10 points to lead the winning effort.

Ole Miss (9-5) trailed 28-25 early in the second half but methodically pulled away from the Colonels over the course of the final 15 minutes with scoring runs of 13-2 and 12-2. The Rebs were 19-of-38 (50 percent) from the field, including an 8-of-12 performance by Huertas and Holloway.

Ryan Bathie and Anatoly Bose scored 10 points each for the Colonels (6-6). Nicholls State was only 5-of-26 from 3-point range and finished 15-of-49 (31 percent) from the field.

Ole Miss had led 25-22 at halftime following a low-scoring and not-so-stellar half of basketball. Nicholls State took its only lead of the contest at 28-25 with 17:40 to go on consecutive baskets by Fred Hunter.

The Rebels then built a 38-30 lead with 6:53 left in the game. Malcolm White scored six points during the stretch, and Nicholls State could not answer.

The following are some of Coach Andy Kennedy's postgame comments.

Opening Statement:

"For us, it's a win. Where we are right now from a personnel standpoint, any win we can get, obviously we'll take it. On defense, we were outstanding. The pace of the game made possessions hard to come by. We're averaging sixty-something shots a game, we take 38 and we're having to change the way we play. Every shot that they took was at the end of the shot clock. If we do a better job on our defensive boards, which has been our problem all year, I think there would have been a little more separation. I'm proud of our guys, and different guys stepped up when we needed them down the stretch. It's number nine, and we'll take it."

On the Rebels' defensive effort:

"They run an offense that we didn't have a lot of time to look at. We've had to spend most of our time on us and trying for us to get better. So from a scouting standpoint, we were not prepared to guard a lot of the action they were going to do offensively. So we said we were going to get in the zone and see if we can get them to turn the ball over. It would have worked perfectly if we held them to one shot. I don't think they made many three's. They made a couple at the end, but anytime you can hold a team to 41 points, you have to be pleased with the effort."

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