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March 6, 2013

Mississippi beats Alabama 87-83



OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Veteran Murphy Holloway looked like a proud dad when talking about his team in the aftermath of Tuesday's 87-83 victory over Alabama.

The fifth-year Rebel was celebrating senior night at Tad Smith Coliseum, but he was more interested in heaping praise on the underclassmen.

"We can't do it without them," Holloway said. "I'm proud of them. I felt like they played for us."

Junior Marshall Henderson scored a game-high 24 points, sophomore LaDarius White added 17 and the Rebels kept their NCAA at-large hopes alive with a victory over the Tide. Ole Miss led for nearly the entire game — mostly by double digits — until Alabama made a furious late run to make things interesting.

Ole Miss (22-8, 11-6 Southeastern Conference) won eight of nine home games in conference play. The Rebels have one more regular-season game on the road against LSU on Saturday.

Henderson bounced back after a terrible shooting performance on Saturday in a loss to Mississippi State. The 6-foot-2 guard made 6 of 13 shots from the field and 9 of 11 free throws. Jarvis Summers added 14 points for Ole Miss.

The Rebels were efficient on offense, making 27 of 49 shots (55.1 percent) from the field, 7 of 15 (46.7 percent) from 3-point range and 26 of 35 (74.3 percent) from the free-throw line. They needed all those buckets against an Alabama team that scored a season-high in regulation.

"Offensively we're so much better in this building," Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy said. "Our last three games we've had 88, 82 and 87 points (in Tad Smith Coliseum) and that 87 comes against the best defensive team in the SEC."

Alabama (19-11, 11-6) had a huge 41-25 rebounding advantage but allowed Ole Miss to get several easy looks. Trevor Lacey led the Tide with 19 points while Nick Jacobs added 18.

"I thought Ole Miss played really good basketball tonight," Alabama coach Anthony Grant said. "They came out and set the tone on defense early."

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