Official recap and box score is here.
Jarvis Summers and Marshall Henderson led the Rebels to victory last night against a scrappy Western Kentucky team, capping off a nice trifecta to close out 2013. The women's basketball team crushed Austin Peay earlier in the day and I believe - someone check my facts here - that the football team beat Georgia Tech in the Music City Bowl. Who knew the ACC played football still?
Seriously though, Summers continued his season long offensive prowess, shooting 7/11 from the floor, including 2/2 on 3s for a ridiculous 72.7% eFG%. For the season, Summers is now averaging 16.8 ppg with a 64.3% eFG%. Even Henderson got into the efficient scoring act, shooting 7/15 from the floor, including 7/13 on 3s, for an equally good 70% eFG%. That's significantly higher than his 51.5% eFG% for the season.
We were still outrebounded handily 41-34, but the 32.4% OR% for WKU was the lowest by an opponent since Oregon. Our rebounding woes were more on the offensive end, as we grabbed just 23.7% of our misses. Sebastian Saiz - who is going to be an absolute beast next season - had his best game of the season in his first start, had 11 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals.
For what it's worth, Henderson looked very much like the henderson of old last night. He pulled from about 30 feet in transition and drilled it, then bounced back down the court bobbing his head with his tongue hanging out. He was much more animated as a whole than he has been all season long, holding his follow through for several seconds on many of his made 3s. I'm not sure if the reins around him are loosening or he was just REALLY in to this one, but he certainly had the WKU faithful (who showed up in record numbers) riled up, particularly the guy in the green jacket in the front row.
The Rebels have one more non-conference game - Saturday at home against Dayton - before they tip off the SEC slate next week. The Flyers will be a very tough opponent for the Rebs, but it's a game we simply can't afford to drop. Our OOC schedule has been very tough and should pay dividends as we head into SEC Play.