One of the biggest days in Ole Miss athletic history was wrapped up Wednesday night with the Rebels beating Mississippi State 93-75.
Murphy Holloway skies for two of his 24 points Wednesday night against Mississippi State. Photos by Shelby Daniel, Rebels247
The win snapped a two-game losing streak and moved 23rd ranked Ole Miss to 18-4 overall and 7-2 in the Southeastern Conference.
Murphy Holloway had a big game inside with 24 points and eight rebounds. Marshall Henderson was his usual self with a game-high 31 points with 26 coming in the second half.
Mississippi State (7-14, 2-7) trailed by 19 at the half but cut it to 10 at 75-65 with four minutes left. Ole Miss sealed it making 15 of 17 free throws a 7-for-7 effort from Henderson.
The Bulldogs were led by Craig Sword with 17 points, Jalen Steele had 15 and Fred Thomas had 13. State shot just 30.3 percent in the first half and 43 percent for the game. They also had 17 turnovers.
The Bulldogs got off to a horrible start. After an opening basket by Gavin Ware in the opening minute, they did not score again over the next six minutes. The Ole Miss defense was abig reason why. The Rebels forced six missed shots, had a couple of blocks and caused four turnovers.
On offense, Holloway and Buckner quickly established that this was going to be their night. Holloway fueled a 19-0 run to give Ole Miss an early 19-2 lead with eight points capped by lay-in off a one of State's nine first half turnovers.
State worked itself back into the as forward Colin Borchert scored seven points in the lane, the last made it 31-20 with under four minutes to play in the first half.
Borchert then got his second foul and went to the bench. Regular center Gavin Ware came back in and quickly got hit with his third foul. That left State coach Rick Ray with a big problem - he had no other post players to put in.
LaDarius "Snoop" White in action against Mississippi State.
The Bulldogs had do defense for Buckner, Holloway or anyone who wanted to go inside in the final two minutes of the half. An 11-0 run made it 42-20. Only a buzzer 3-pointer by Tyson Cunningham gave State some solace, down 42-23 at the half.