The Ole Miss men’s basketball team improved to 5-0 on the season as they defeated the Lipscomb Bison, 91-45, on Friday. It was the fourth time the Rebels had reached the 90-point plateau this season.
Senior forward Murphy Holloway led the Rebels (5-0) in scoring with a season-high 23 points, and senior guard Nick Williams chipped in 14. However, it was Holloway’s play that set the tone for the Rebels, including 12 first-half points. Holloway also led the team with eight rebounds.
“I think the approach was great,” Holloway said. “We came out fired up. It’s just being active. Getting to the ball and putting it in the hoop.”
Ole Miss jump on the Bisons (2-2) early in each half as the Rebels scored 31 points in the first half before Lipscomb reached double digits. Defensively, Ole Miss held Lipscomb to 12-of-49 (24.5 percent) from the floor, forced 26 turnovers and blocked nine shot, including a season-high five from senior forward Reginald Buckner, who also finished in double figures with 10 points.
Junior guard Marshall Henderson, the Rebels’ leading scorer, finished with 10, but was just 3-for-14 from the field, including 2-for-12 from 3-point range
Next up for the Rebels will be Rutgers (4-1) on Saturday as part of the SEC/Big East Challenge. Tip-off from Tad Smith Coliseum is set for 1 p.m. and the game will be televised on ESPNU.