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Olstad: Ole Miss Took Down Georgia Southern 82-72

Photo courtesy of Ole Miss Athletics
Photo courtesy of Ole Miss Athletics

A soothing violin rendition of the national anthem by Ole Miss student Genevieve Ozark commenced a Monday night of fast-paced Ole Miss basketball.

The Ole Miss Rebels improved to 2-0 winning 82-72 in a home matchup against the Georgia Southern Eagles who fell to 1-1 Monday night.

The Rebels set the tone in the beginning of the game with junior Sebastian Saiz, who blocked the Eagles first shot and ran the floor to make the game’s first basket. Saiz had a monster game, leading the Rebels with 24 points and 17 rebounds. Moody added an additional 22 points, along with one shot made from behind the arc, giving Ole Miss a confident march into the locker room ahead 46-34.

Moody’s initial quickness off the dribble created problems for Eagle defenders, sending Moody to the free throw line where he went 15-for-17.

Defensive presses by the Rebels proved to be a beneficial strategy. Full court 2-2-1 and half court 2-1-2 presses generated turnovers for the Rebels and made Georgia Southern uneasy on offense, allowing Ole Miss to control most of the game’s tempo.

But the Eagles were far from uncomfortable behind the 3-point line. Georgia Southern had 6 three-pointers in the first half and tacked on another five in the second for a total of 11 three-pointers, overshadowing the Rebel’s 14% of 2-for-14 from the three-point line.

Rebounding for the Rebels was also a problem throughout the game. Ole Miss gave up several offensive rebounds to the Georgia Southern, allowing the Eagles to get many second chance opportunities to score.

The Ole Miss fast pace offense and quick transitions after steals made the Eagles foul continually. Ole Miss did not squander their opportunities given to them at the free throw line, making 40 of 53 foul shots, putting Georgia Southern hopes for victory out of reach.

Next Thursday, Ole Miss will travel to Charleston, SC to play in the Gildan Charleston Classic Tournament, first playing George Mason Thursday, November, 19 at 11 a.m. The Rebels next home game is Wednesday, November 25 at 4 p.m. against Georgia State.

Jack Olstad is a journalism student at the Meek School of Journalism and New Media. He can be reached at jtolstad@go.olemiss.edu.

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