Carve Suss, Mississippi Clarion Ledger
Printed 9: 30 p.m. ET Feb. 2, 2021 | Updated 9: 31 p.m. ET Feb. 2, 2021
OXFORD, Omit. — There are no longer many games as concurrently low-scoring and appealing as Ole Omit’ contest in opposition to Tennessee used to be Tuesday night.
The Rebels fought aid from a noteworthy deficit to upset No. 10 Tennessee 52-50. With the win, Ole Omit improves to 9-8 on the season and 4-6 in SEC play.
Ole Omit trailed by as many as 11 components within the second half however stormed forward with an 11-0 lumber to select a lead and not utilizing a longer up to 6 minutes closing. Tennessee did no longer compose any photos from the flooring from the 13: 09 trace within the second half until 40.9 seconds remained.
Tennessee overlooked one of two free throws with three seconds left that could perhaps’ve tied the ranking. Ole Omit overlooked one of two free throws on the ensuing possession, allowing the Volunteers one final shot at a buzzer beater. Tennessee’s Josiah-Jordan James overlooked a shot as time expired to seal the Rebels’ victory.
The Rebels outscored Tennessee 30-10 within the paint and 15-0 in transition, and they scored 18 components off 16 Tennessee turnovers.
This marks Ole Omit’ first win in opposition to a ranked opponent since the Rebels beat No. 14 Mississippi Insist on Jan. 12, 2019. That is the most essential time Ole Omit has beaten a ranked crew in The Pavilion with Kermit Davis as head coach.
Welcome aid, Romello White
Senior forward Romello White had been an offensive nonfactor for almost a month. He averaged six components per game and failed to ranking in double figures over his final 5 games. He averaged 11.4 components per game in nonconference play however 8.4 components per game in opposition to SEC opponents.
White realized his offensive footing Tuesday, scoring 14 components on 5-for-9 shooting with 5 rebounds. But he also performed impressive defense in opposition to Tennessee noteworthy John Fulkerson. Ole Omit outscored Tennessee by 10 components with White on the flooring. By comparability, Ole Omit used to be outscored by four components when fellow beginning forward Robert Allen used to be on the flooring.
White’s achievements were the total more impressive without regular beginning forward KJ Buffen enjoying Tuesday. Davis held him out of the sport for “private causes” Buffen is facing.
Taking away Tennessee’s shot
The Volunteers shot 6-for-12 from the three-point line within the most essential half, allowing the Volunteers to compose an early lead of as many as 11 components. But the Rebels took away the long shot within the second half, maintaining Tennessee to 2-for-7 on deep photos.
There is a pleasant clearly pattern line for Ole Omit basketball in SEC play. Sooner than Tuesday, Ole Omit used to be 3-1 when it held opponents to 33% or below from 3-point distance and nil-5 in all other games. The Rebels’ comeback used to be owed mostly to a stifling defensive performance that took away Tennessee’s offensive rhythm.
Highlight of the season?
It is been a unheard of winter for Ole Omit basketball. Even on nights of monumental upsets, once in a whereas or no longer it is essential to devour the petite moments. So let’s pick a atomize from continuously-scheduled prognosis and statistical breakdown to honest marvel at Luis Rodriguez’s poster-worth first-half dunk.
With honest below 12 minutes left within the most essential half, Rodriguez deflected a Tennessee pass at the tip of the most essential, pushed the ball all the best map by means of halfcourt and recovered it for a steal approach the scorer’s table. Tennessee’s Olivier Nkamhoua chased Rodriguez down and tried to contest him below the rim however Rodriguez slammed the ball alongside with his gorgeous hand by means of the get and onto Nkamhoua’s head.
Rodriguez performed the dunk and stared down Nkamhoua for a second before returning to defense. It used to be a occasion neatly earned.
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