OXFORD, Miss. — Murphy Holloway scored 15 points, Reginald Buckner added 13 and Ole Miss cruised to a 76-50 victory over McNeese State in men’s college basketball on Tuesday night.
Holloway missed most of the first half after picking up two early fouls, and the Rebels looked sluggish on their way to a 39-30 halftime lead. But the senior returned in the second half to score 12 of his 15 points. He finished 7 of 7 from the field and added nine rebounds.
Marshall Henderson came into the game leading the Southeastern Conference with 22 points per game, but scored just nine points.
The Rebels (4-0) were without Derrick Millinghaus, a 5-foot-10 freshman guard who had surgery to repair a torn meniscus on Tuesday.
He’s averaging 9.7 points and three assists per game. He’s expected to miss about four weeks.
McNeese State (1-3) was led by Desharick Guidry’s 14 points.
Kevin Hardy added 11.
Holloway’s energy and production helped the Rebels push their halftime lead to 54-35 with 13:20 remaining.
The 6-foot-7, 240-pound junior was providing his usual muscle in the paint, but was also effective in the open floor, hitting Buckner for a pair of alley-oop dunks as the Rebels put the game out of reach.
Buckner was 6 of 6 from the floor and added seven rebounds and two blocked shots.
The efficient performance by Holloway and Buckner helped the Rebels offset an off night by Henderson.
Henderson hit his first 3-pointer, but then went cold. The 6-foot-2 junior shot 3 of 12 from the field, including 2-of-10 from 3-point range.
Nick Williams added 10 points.
SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA 91, LOUISIANA COLLEGE 49: In Hammaond, Antonnio Benton and Jeremy Campbell combined to score 30 points on 13 of 16 shooting and Southeastern Louisiana used a 17-2 run midway through the second half to pull away and defeat Louisiana Collegeon Tuesday at the Univversity Center.
Roosevelt Johnson and Jeffery Ricard added 12 points each as Southeastern (1-3) won its 31st consecutive non-conference game at home under head coach Jim Yarbrough while improving to 36-2 at home in nonconference game since 2005-06.
Benton, who grabbed 11 rebounds for his second career double-double, was perfect from the floor going 7-for-7 while tying a career-high with three steals.
Campbell, Benton’s high school teammate at Oak Grove (Miss.) High went 6-for-9 from the floor as the Lions outscored the Division III Wildcats (0-1) 47-26 in the second half.
LOUISIANA TECH 71, CHATTANOOGA 63: In Chattanooga, Tenn., a back and forth, physical battle between Louisiana Tech (4-1) and Chattanooga (1-4) ended with the Bulldogs pulling away late behind guard Raheem Appleby’s matched career-high of 30 points to beat the Mocs and complete the three wins in three days sweep in the CBE Hall of Fame Classic at the McKenzie Arena.
The chippy first half led to 21 personal fouls between both clubs, but the Bulldogs managed to build their largest lead of the game with five seconds remaining on Kenneth Smith’s three-pointer.
Louisiana Tech took a 42-34 lead into halftime.
The Bulldogs were an impressive 7-of-13 from three-point range and had the eight point lead despite being outrebounded 19-12 by the home team.
Chattanooga came out in a 2-3 zone defense and stayed in it the rest of the game. Missed three-pointers by the ’Dogs allowed the Mocs to pull even 58-58 at the 6:46 mark.
Forwards Drazen Zlovaric and Z. Mason combined for 18 of their 39 rebounds and guard Gee McGhee scored 19 points.
SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA 91, WILLIAM CAREY 69: In Hammond, Southeastern Louisiana’s Brandi Simmons scored 11 points and had 12 rebounds, and Nanna Pool scored 12 points with 13 rebounds as five Lady Lions scored in double figures in women’s college basketball.
Aja Gibson led the Lady Lions (3-1) with 18 points, Symone Miller added 17 points, and Erica Hernandez scored 11.
Erin Holifield hit seven 3-pointers to lead William Carey (2-4) with 21 points.
UNO 68, ARKANSAS-MONTICELLO 58: In New Orleans, Keri Thomas scored 23 points and Mathilde Fogelstrom grabbed 18 rebounds as the Lady Privateers snapped a 30-game losing streak.
Mirjam Sipos scored 13 points and Mechel’le Thomas had 12 for UNO (1-2).
Trailing 19-16 with 9:52 remaining in the opening half, the Lady Privateers held Arkansas-Monticello (2-1) was led by Donlicia James, who had 15 points and 10 rebounds.