I understand that MSU has had some road issues. That group really looked different outside the Hump. However, most of that was due to the Rebels’ awareness of Craig Sword and the Bulldogs’ other drivers.
Sword got loose a couple of times and set up teammates for shots, but it was nothing like his Starkville game. He was 15-for-18 from the free throw line down there but did not attempt at free throw at Tad Smith.
Ole Miss started fast and played well through out the game.
MSU coach Rick Ray, about 5 minutes into the second half, pulled his starters and inserted a mix of three walk-ons and two scholarship players.
Ole Miss didn’t blow the doors off then. That lineup actually contributed in shaving nine points off an MSU deficit of 21 points, but the Rebels regrouped and finished strong.
Marshall Henderson missed the MSU game in Starkville. He was just 2-for-12 from 3 today but beat the Bulldogs in so many other ways including a dunk, a blocked shot, four assists and four steals.
After blocked a shot by MSU guard Trivante Bloodman in the paint, Henderson made one of those Henderson faces and stared for several seconds in to the Ole Miss student section.
MSU coach Rick Ray sounded embarrassed that Henderson was able to penetrate against the Bulldogs.
“Don’t take this the wrong way, but there’s no reason reason why Trivante Bloodman or Fred Thomas should get beat off the bounce by Marshall Henderson,” Ray said. “It’s inexcusable the way he was able to get into the lane. For our game plan, I was not the least big concerned with Marshall Henderson’s penetration. I was more concerned with his 3s.”
The Bulldogs attempted 42 free throws in the Starkville game but were just 6-for-14 from the free throw line today.
Henderson and Jarvis Summers each had 19 points.
Summers was 6-for-11 from the floor, 2-for-2 from 3 and 5-for-5 from the free throw line where the Rebels were 17-for-20.
Ole Miss also had a plus-11 edge on the glass.
Solid half for the Rebels.
A couple of things stand out. One, Ole Miss was determined in the first half not to get beaten to the rim. It’s happened a couple of times, but not nearly as much as it did in Starkville.
The Rebels look much improved in that area.
On the other end, it’s been Ole Miss getting to the rim and converting or getting fouled. The Rebels are 8-for-10 from the free throw line and are shooting 45.2 percent from the floor while holding MSU to 39.3 percent.
It hasn’t been a good half for Marshall Henderson from a 3-point shooting standpoint. He’s 3-for-9 from the arc but has 10 points by doing other things. He’s 2-for-2 from inside the arc, 3-for-3 from the free throw line and has an assist.
Three Ole Miss players have two fouls: Jarvis Summers, Aaron Jones and Henderson. Three MSU players have two fouls also: Gavin Ware, Craig Sword and I.J. Ready.
LaDarius White has nine points and Summers seven.
Ole Miss shootaround video
Tip: 3 p.m.
Radio: MSU Network, Ole Miss Network, Sirius 108, XM 200.
Series: MSU leads 141-107
Last Meeting: MSU won 76-72 in Starkville on Jan. 11.
Coaches: Vanderbilt – Rick Ray, 23-27 second year at MSU and overall; Ole Miss – Andy Kennedy, 186-105, ninth season, 165-92, eighth season at Ole Miss.
Notes: Ole Miss F Anthony Perez is averaging 17.5 points over his last two games. … Ole Miss G Jarvis Summers is the only SEC player to rank in the league’s top 10 in scoring and in the top five in field goal percentage and assists. … Ole Miss leads the SEC and ranks third in the nation with 7.1 blocked shots per game. … MSU has won 23 of the last 31 meetings. … Availability for MSU freshman point guard I.J. Ready will be a game-time decision. He missed the last two games with a concussion. … MSU is 10-1 when leading at halftime, 9-1 when out-rebounding its opponent. … The Bulldogs are second in the SEC and 26th nationally with 8.9 steals per game.
Mississippi State 13-5, 3-2 SEC
G Fred Thomas 6-5 So. 8.4 3.3
G Trivante Bloodman 6-0 Jr. 6.0 2.3*
G Craig Sword 6-3 So. 14.5 3.7
F Colin Borchert 6-8 Sr. 10.6 4.3
F Gavin Ware 6-9 So. 11.1 8.4
F Roquez Johnson 6-7 Jr. 9.8 4.6
G I.J. Ready 5-11 Fr. 5.8 3.3 *
* – Assists
Ole Miss 13-5, 4-1 SEC
F Aaron Jones 6-9 Jr. 6.9 7.2
F Sebastian Saiz 6-9 Fr. 5.0 6.3
G LaDarius White 6-6 Jr. 7.6 3.3
G Marshall Henderson 6-2 Sr. 18.7 2.1
G Jarvis Summers 6-3 Jr. 17.9 3.7
G Derrick Millinghaus 5-10 So. 9.4 2.6*
F Anthony Perez 6-9 So. 6.1 2.8
- - Assists