Men’s Basketball Boards, Cruises Past Rider, 75-51
OXFORD, Miss. –Ole Miss used tenacious effort on the glass and an offensive second-half spark to great effect in a forceful 75-51 victory over Rider at the SJB Pavilion on Tuesday night.
The Rebels (5-2) dominated the boards from the jump, registering 57 team rebounds and a massive 21-rebound gap over the Broncs (3-6) – the most rebounds by an Ole Miss team since November 27, 2007 against Troy (64) and the widest rebound margin of a rebel team since December 22, 2020 against UT Martin (+24). Defenses shone in the first half, with both teams shooting a total of 22 of 67 (0.328). However, the Ole Miss offense picked up speed in the second half, using her glass advantage in tandem with six more threes and an overall 45% effort in the back half to victory.
“We talked about trying to be a physically dominant team and playing like an SEC team, and trying to win property together,” Ole Miss head coach said. Kermit davis. “I thought we had a few places in the first half and we didn’t finish it the right way. I thought for about 10 or 12 minutes in the second half it was as fast as we were. played because we had saves and rebounds. I mean, 57 rebounds, I think that’s the most rebounds since 2007. It got us into the transition. I thought that over guys were playing louder. “
Ole Miss’s impressive rebound effort was led by a monster graduate transfer day Nysier brooks. The Philadelphia native scored 15 total rebounds on the night, tying his career record as a senior in Miami last season and also registering the most by a rebel since Sebastian Saiz scored 15 against Georgia Tech in the NIT 2017 (March 21, 2017). In his last two games, Brooks nearly doubled his rebound total for the season entering the Nov. 26 game against Mississippi Valley State, picking up 25 rebounds from 29 total in his five previous outings. On the night, Brooks filled the stat sheet elsewhere with three runs, three blocks and two assists. Of his 15 boards, five were on the offensive side, giving him 10 offensive rebounds in his last two games.
“We definitely focused on the rebound,” said Brooks. “Like I said on my last outing, I just really tried to focus on the things I’m good at and make sure I do them, even though the ball might not go in. in the hole for me as often as possible like. I’m just trying to bring more of my defensive presence to rim protection, defense, rebound. “
Senior Tye Fagan also had a career day bouncing the ball, tying his career high with 10 boards to go with nine points, four assists and one steal. Other rebels contributed to the historic rebound effort included Robert allen (11 points, eight rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block) and Jaemyn Brakefield (eight points, eight rebounds).
On the offensive side, it was an energetic turn for the senior and native of Oxford Jarkel Carpenter which turned the second half into a rout for the rebels. Joiner hit three direct hits beyond the arc from 9:08 a.m. to 7:38 a.m. to trigger the Ole Miss bench, helping to produce a possible 15-0 run in the dying minutes of the game to give the Rebels some distance. Joiner finished with 18 points on 4 of 9 shots from deep to go with three assists, two boards and one steal. For Joiner, this is his seventh consecutive double-digit game in as many tries to open the 2021-22 season, as well as his 11th in a row and 13th in his last 14 games dating back to last season.
Matthew Murrell had a great day, racking up a career-high 14 points on 3 of 6 shots from beyond the arc and a few thunderous dunks on the quick break – including a crowd-pleasing windmill dunk. A double-digit score was also Austin crowley, who had 10 points, five assists, four rebounds and one steal.
The next step for the Rebels is a dramatic test early in the season at home, when No.18 Memphis makes the short trip down I-55 for an 11-hour tilt on ESPN2 this Saturday morning (December 4).
“(Memphis are) a very active, well-trained team, of course with some pros,” said Davis. “We have to prepare the pavilion on Saturday with Club Red and blow this place up, and I think it will. I think it’s almost full, it will be a great environment here.”
“The cliché is it’s another game, but this game is not another,” Joiner said. “It’s a big game for us.”