Ole Miss rallies past Western Kentucky

December 31, 2013 10:39:22 AM

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. -- Junior Jarvis Summers scored 24 points and senior Marshall Henderson added 23 points as the Ole Miss men's basketball team rallied to beat Western Kentucky 79-74 Monday.  

 

Henderson hit seven 3-pointers for the Rebels (9-3), which has won three of its last four games. Sebastian Saiz recorded 11 points and seven rebounds for the Rebels, who shot 56.3 percent from beyond the arc. 

 

T.J. Price poured in a game-high 26 points for Western Kentucky (8-5), which couldn't overcome 18 turnovers. George Fant recorded his first double-double of the campaign, notching 13 points and 14 rebounds, while Trency Jackson netted 11 points for the Hilltoppers. 

 

"I thought they made the plays," Western Kentucky coach Ray Harper said. "Marshall (Henderson) made a couple big shots, which he does. (Jarvis) Summers was very, very good for them tonight. He got us into the paint area and was physical as a point guard and he made plays." 

 

Western Kentucky made its first four 3-pointers of the game to go up by seven before pushing the lead to 26-13 after Price's triple midway through the first half. Henderson led all scorers with 12 points in the opening 20 minutes as Ole Miss closed out the first half on a 24-7 run to take a 39-36 edge into the break. 

 

Summers scored eight straight points to give the Rebels a 65-62 advantage before Price snapped a field-goal drought of over five minutes for the Hilltoppers to even it. Henderson hit two clutch 3-pointers down the stretch to put the Rebels ahead 72-67 as the Rebels handed Western Kentucky its first home loss of the season. 

 

Top 25 

 

n No. 6 Oklahoma State 92, Robert Morris 66: At Stillwater, Okla., Phil Forte scored 20 points and No. 6 Oklahoma State looked sharp after a nine-day break, beating Robert Morris. 

 

Markel Brown added 18 points for Oklahoma State (12-1) in the Cowboys' final tuneup before opening Big 12 Conference play on Saturday at Kansas State. Oklahoma State will enter 2014 with its highest ranking in The Associated Press poll since February 2005, when the Cowboys were also No. 6. 

 

The Cowboys never trailed against Robert Morris (5-9), which posted a memorable win over Kentucky in the first round of last season's NIT. But the Colonials of the Northeast Conference haven't fared as well against major-conference foes this season, falling first at Kentucky before losing to Oklahoma State. 

 

Karvel Anderson scored 16 points for Robert Morris, which is 2-8 on the road this season. 

 

n No. 9 Baylor 81, Oral Roberts 55: At Waco, Texas, Taurean Prince scored 10 of his 16 points in the go-ahead run for No. 9 Baylor as the Bears overcame a slow start to beat Oral Roberts. 

 

Baylor (11-1) fell behind 7-0 while missing its first six shots before finally scoring nearly 6 minutes into the game. 

 

Prince made a free throw with 11:31 left in the first half to tie the game at 11-all. That also started a 13-2 spurt over nearly 5½ minutes as the Bears went ahead to stay. 

 

Shawn Glover had 22 points to lead Oral Roberts (6-7), which has lost four of five games. Denell Henderson had 16 points. 

 

Cory Jefferson had 17 points for Baylor, while Isaiah Austin had 15 points and Rico Gathers had 10 points and 10 rebounds. 

 

n No. 16 Kansas 93, Toledo 83: At Lawrence, Kan., Perry Ellis had 21 points and 11 rebounds, Naadir Tharpe added a career-high 20 points and No. 16 Kansas beat Toledo for the Rockets' first loss of the season. 

 

Andrew Wiggins also had 20 points and fellow freshman Joel Embiid had 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Jayhawks (9-3), who built a 16-point lead early in the second half. 

 

Toledo (12-1) made one final charge, using some hot outside shooting and sloppiness on the part of Kansas to get within 81-73 on a 3-pointer by Julius Brown with 3:23 left in the game. 

 

Tharpe answered moments later with a free throw and then a driving layup off a miss, and Kansas finally put the game away when Frank Mason fed Wiggins on a run-out for an easy dunk that gave the Jayhawks an 88-76 lead with less than 2 minutes remaining. 

 

n No. 24 Gonzaga 69, San Francisco 41: At Spokane, Wash., Drew Barham scored 15 points, all on 3-pointers, as short-handed Gonzaga beat San Francisco. 

 

Przemek Karnowski added 11 points for Gonzaga (12-2, 2-0 West Coast), whose top three scorers are battling injuries. David Stockton and Kevin Pangos finished with 10 points each. 

 

Avry Holmes led cold-shooting San Francisco (8-6, 1-1) with 16 points. The Dons made just 26 percent of their shots, to 43 percent for the Zags. 

 

Gonzaga has won 20 straight conference games spanning three seasons. 

 

Gonzaga played without starting guard Gary Bell Jr., who has a broken hand, and starting forward Sam Dower, who has an injured back. The team announced Monday that Bell, third-leading scorer at 12 points per game, will miss the next four to six weeks because of the injury that occurred in Saturday's win over Santa Clara.