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Missouri vs Ole Miss

Holloway instrumental in Ole Miss' rout of No. 10 Missouri

CBSSports.com wire reports
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OXFORD, Miss. -- Murphy Holloway has huge, broad shoulders and uses his left hand on nearly every drive to the basket.

The Mississippi senior has been doing it for four seasons, so it's no secret. Missouri was completely ready for it.

And the Tigers could do nothing to stop it.

Holloway scored a game-high 22 points, repeatedly getting his chiseled 6-foot-7, 240-pound body into good position and finishing at the rim, to lead Mississippi to a surprisingly easy 64-49 victory over No. 10 Missouri on Saturday.

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"He's an all-league player and we were getting the ball to his big, broad shoulders and that left hand," Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy said. "He's a man. If the season ended today, and I wish it did because we'd be the champions, he would be the league MVP."

Jarvis Summers added 12 points. He and Holloway helped offset a mediocre night from Marshall Henderson, the SEC's leading scorer who finished with only 11 points on 4 of 11 shooting.

Ole Miss (13-2, 2-0 Southeastern Conference) led the entire game, jumping out to an early 9-0 lead thanks to timely shooting and superior defense. Holloway was nearly unstoppable in the paint, making 8 of 12 shots from the field and 6 of 10 free throws.

"You know there's a little extra motivation against the No. 10 team in the nation," Holloway said. "It's motivation. You want to beat them, show them that they're not that good. We had to make those (hustle) plays to beat that team."

Missouri (12-3, 1-1) was without leading scorer Laurence Bowers, who is out with a sprained MCL in his right knee, and it was obvious the offense missed him. The Tigers were led by 13 points from Jabari Brown.

"It was really difficult (without Bowers) and it really affected us I thought at the start of the game," Missouri coach Frank Haith said. "But hats off to Ole Miss - we just didn't execute well."

Missouri pulled to 41-33 with 16 minutes remaining, but couldn't get any closer. The Rebels' defense was suffocating for most of the night, forcing 19 turnovers. And it seemed like every time there was a loose ball, an Ole Miss player would emerge from the pile with possession.

"I don't think they ever got in an offensive rhythm and that's a tribute to how much effort our guys had defensively," Kennedy said.

The convincing victory capped an impressive week to open SEC play. The Rebels beat Tennessee on the road on Wednesday.

"Right out of the chute we got challenged by a Tennessee team on the road and then we come back to one of the best teams in the country in our own building," Kennedy said. "We just did what we were supposed to do. We protected home floor. If you have any aspirations of playing meaningful basketball in March, that's what you have to do."

The Tigers needed nearly seven minutes to score their first basket. Missouri shot just 11 of 33 (33 percent) in the first half.

Ole Miss wasn't much better on offense early, shooting 38 percent from the field in the first half, but did enough to take a 31-22 lead into halftime. Derrick Millinghaus led the Rebels with 8 first half points, including a pair of 3-pointers.

Henderson scored 32 points in the Rebels' SEC opening victory against Tennessee, but it was obvious that Mizzou had reviewed that game tape, and Tiger defenders were draped all over him every possession. He made just 2 of 8 attempts from 3-point range.

But Holloway picked up the offensive slack, constantly slashing into the lane and finishing with his left hand over taller Missouri defenders. He's the only player in the SEC averaging a double-double and he had another complete game on Saturday, adding eight rebounds, four steals and a blocked shot.

Even without Bowers, Missouri figured to make some sort of run with Earnest Ross, Alex Oriakhi, and Phil Pressey all scoring in double figures this season. But the shots never fell on a consistent basis.

Keion Bell scored 11 points and Pressey added 10 for the Tigers.

It was a physical game and Ole Miss consistently won the interior battles. The Rebels had 20 attempts from the free throw line, making 15, while Missouri was just 5 of 6.

"We were way too timid and missed a lot of (close shots)," Haith said. "With just 49 points, our offense was really poor."

Ole Miss is not known for raucous basketball crowds, but Tad Smith Coliseum was sold out and loud for this one. The Rebels are 7-19 against ranked opponents under Kennedy.

"It gives us a lot of confidence," Holloway said. "We feel like we can play with anybody now."

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Mississippi's Murphy Holloway scores a game-high 22 points, repeatedly getting his 240-pound body into good position. (US Presswire)
Mississippi's Murphy Holloway scores a game-high 22 points, repeatedly getting his 240-pound body into good position. (US Presswire)
Scoreboard
Missouri #10 (12-3)222749
Mississippi (13-2) «313364
MIZZOU:J. Brown 13 Pts
MIZZOU:K. Bell 7 Reb
MIZZOU:P. Pressey 5 Ast
MISS:M. Holloway 22 Pts
MISS:R. Buckner 10 Reb
MISS:N. Williams 2 Ast

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PLAYERS OF THE GAME
MissouriOle Miss
MIZZOU
Jabari Brown
MISS
Murphy Holloway
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
13712281
Missouri Tigers
J. Brown, G384-133-371213
P. Pressey, G365-110-035010
K. Bell, G305-111-171311
E. Ross, G241-71-23113
A. Oriakhi, F232-40-06024
R. Rosburg, F171-30-01042
T. Criswell, F143-40-02156
N. Webster-Chan, G90-20-01010
D. Feldmann, F40-00-00000
S. Jankovic, F40-10-01010
D. Bull, G10-10-00000
L. Bowers, FDid Not Play
M. Dixon, Jr., GDid Not Play
C. Haith, GDid Not Play
Totals 21-575-63191949
 36.8%83.3% 
Ole Miss Rebels
R. Buckner, F320-50-010030
M. Holloway, F318-126-1081122
M. Henderson, G294-111-241211
J. Summers, G272-88-831312
L. White, G202-60-02104
N. Williams, G262-60-02215
A. Jones, F161-20-03012
D. Millinghaus, G153-60-01128
M. Newby, G30-00-00010
T. Brutus, F10-00-00000
J. Carter, FDid Not Play
D. Cox, CDid Not Play
W. Norman, GDid Not Play
A. Perez, FDid Not Play
C. Peeper, GDid Not Play
Totals 22-5615-203371464
 39.3%75.0% 
Southeastern
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Alabama0-03-030
Kentucky0-03-09
Arkansas0-02-018
LSU0-02-01
Miss. State0-02-0184
Vanderbilt0-02-0283
Missouri0-02-180
Ole Miss0-02-1270
S. Carolina0-02-1118
Texas A&M0-02-1219
Auburn0-01-1198
Florida0-01-179
Georgia0-01-118
Tennessee0-01-1136
 
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GU 67 Final
SJU 51
MINN 81 Final
IND 88
DUKE 76 Final
NCST 84
NOVA 61 Final
SYR 72
KSU 65 Final
WVU 64
BUT 79 Final
DAYT 73
CONN 65 Final
ND 58
ILL 51 Final
WISC 74
FRES 45 Final
NMEX 72
USF 38 Final
LOU 64
FLA 74 Final
LSU 52
KAN 60 Final
TTU 46
CIN 68 Final
RUT 58
CSU 72 Final
SDSU 79
ARIZ 80 Final
ORST 70
AF 71 Final
UNLV 76