, Mississippi (PressExposure) March 04, 2009 -- The Ole Miss Rebels snapped a two game skid March 4th at Bud Walton Arena when, with 32.3 seconds left in overtime, they took the lead over the Arkansas Razorbacks 98-91. Chris Warren and David Huertas, both top scorers for the Rebels, were out due to injury and it seemed to be a downhill slide for the Rebels who were down by as much as 12 points in the first half. But three Rebel players rallied, each scoring new career highs.
Terrico White, in the running for SEC Freshman of the Year scored 29 points, 25 coming in the second half. He got seven off the boards and shot five of eight from the arc.
"Quite arguably, he should get votes for player of the year in this league," Kennedy said. "Without him, we can't win a game." Will Bogan played for 34 minutes, adding 16 points and seven assists and only allowed two turnovers. Zach Graham scored seven consecutive points in a 9-0 run against Arkansas in overtime play, contributing to his 20 point career high. Murphey Holloway also added 11 points and 10 rebounds.
"For us to score 98 points without our leading scorer -- I'm really proud of our guys," Mississippi coach Andy Kennedy said. "We've obviously had our fair share of adversity." Arkansas didn't go do down without a fight, however. Five of their player scored in the double digits, including Rotnei Clarke who put a team high 19 points on the scoreboard. Courtney Fortson, despite fouling out in overtime added a double double to his stat sheet with 18 points and 13 rebounds. Michael Washington and Michael Sanchez scored 16 and 11 points respectively, while Stephan Welsh came off the bench to sink 14. Arkansas led at the half with 44-35, and they out-rebounded Ole Miss 40-26. Fortson only netted five points and went one of seven from the three point line in the second half. The contest recorded seven ties and five lead changes and with 52.5 seconds left in regulation, Arkansas took the lead at 84-82, as Welsh sank a three pointer. But White was right behind him for two points on a netted layup with 32.3 seconds for the tie. Welsh had another opportunity for a three pointer, but it rimmed out sending the game into overtime where Ole Miss outscored Aransas 14-7. The Rebels hit nine out of 10 of their free throws, including the four of four attempts by Bogan.
"We had a chance to stop them, and Terrico White dribbled all over the world out there and finds a way to get it in the basket," Arkansas head coach John Pelphrey said. "Then we get a nice drive and kick, and the ball didn't go down for us. "We just didn't get the break we needed." It was a disappointing loss for Arkansas's home finale. With thirteen losses under their belt they have tied with the Southwest Conference of 1971 for the most losses in the history of the school.