Well, that sucked. The Rebels were done in by an awful first half, highlighted (lowlighted?) by a technical by Marshall Henderson for his inability to keep his mouth shut and just play basketball. He and Derrick Millinghaus combined to shoot 6/25 from the floor, though Millinghaus contributed with 6 assists and 0 turnovers. Henderson also missed 2 critical FTs with 21.1 seconds left and the Rebels down 1. How would the game have wound up had he those and we were up 1? Who knows, but there would've been a lot more pressure on Mercer than there was in a tie game.
Credit Mercer for attacking a flat-footed Rebel team early and often, weathering the storm of the second half comeback, and then executing down the stretch. The Bears are a good team, though this was one that, come late-February, we'll be looking back on and shaking our heads. Our inability to finish around the rim was astounding. This was also our 3rd straight game to surrender an OR% of 40%+. Aaron Jones, Demarco Cox, and Sebastian Saiz have to step up and be more effective scoring and not allowing second chance points.
Lost in all this is how ridiculous effective Jarvis Summers has been offensively this season. After yesterday's 8/11 (2/3 3s) performance - which itself was an 81.8% eFG% performance, Summers is sporting a sparkling 63.4% eFG% for the year, good for 59th in the country. He - not Henderson - has emerged as the number one offensive weapon for the Rebels this year. Henderson has scored 12 more points that Summers this year, but he's done so on 38 more shots.