The Rebels move into the winner's bracket of the O'Reilly Auto Parts Puerto Rico Tipoff and play the victor of tonight's Kansas State-Boston University game Friday at 7:30 p.m. CT.
"I thought out of the gate, Indiana was the aggressor," Ole Miss Coach Andy Kennedy said. "They came out and hit us in the mouth. I was very pleased that we responded to that. Anytime you have veterans in your backcourt, you want your guys to respond and we did tonight. Both teams were turning the ball over. I don't know what it was. It was very uncharacteristic of us."
Indiana led 20-11 in the early going as the Rebels had some troubles, especially on the boards. The Hoosiers were outrebounding Ole Miss 12-6 halfway through the first half which helped contribute to the early IU lead.
But a 14-0 Rebel run made it 25-20 Ole Miss. The Rebels extended their lead to 41-25, the largest to that point, on a Terrico White layin with under four minutes to go in the first half.
The Rebels led 43-27 on an Eniel Polynice jumper before Indiana began to chip away. The Hoosiers scored nine straight points and got it down to 43-36 before a Terrance Henry tipin of a Chris Warren miss gave the Rebels a 45-36 halftime advantage. Henry saw his first action of the season after missing two games with a hand injury.
The Rebs shot 43 percent in the first half, while IU shot 40 percent. The Ole Miss bench outscored the Indiana bench 15-1 in the opening period.
IU raced out and made a couple of buckets right off the bat to cut the Ole Miss lead to 45-40 to start the second half. Kennedy immediately got a timeout to right things. The lead was up to 51-42 when Holloway laid it in underneath.
The Rebels maintained a fairly comfortable lead throughout the second half. The closest IU got was 69-61, but Holloway took control with some nice assists from his teammates. Three consecutive trips downcourt the sophomore forward scored to put Ole Miss up 75-63 and give the Rebs distance again.
The Rebels then pulled away late from the over-matched Hoosiers. Chris Warren drove the lane, scored on a layup and was fouled. He missed the free throw but it was Holloway in position again, this time on a tipin to give Ole Miss an 87-67 lead, the largest of the night.
"He's tremendous offensively," Kennedy said of Holloway. "He's got a knack for the ball. He hasn't quite grasped the finer points of blocking out, but we'll work on that."
Following Holloway's 26 points, Warren had 16, Polynice 10 and Zach Graham 10. Freshman Reginald Buckner had 12 big rebounds to go along with 3 blocks and 5 points.
Indiana was led by Maurice Creek with 18 points.
Ole Miss shot 51 percent for the game to 41 percent for Indiana. The Rebels won the battle of the boards 46-43. Ole Miss had 12 steals in the contest.
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