It has been a great week of Ole Miss athletics thus far, with yesterday's victories adding to an already positive vibe not felt around Rebel athletics since 2009-ish. And while I realize that a handful of baseball and basketball victories in a vacuum aren't much, they've been a welcome oasis of victory in what has otherwise been a significant wins desert in Oxford.
Last night, the men's basketball team, in a game I and most of you had completely written off both as a loss and as a game wholly insignificant to the postseason future of this team, overcame a 15-point deficit against the Arkansas Razorbacks in Bud Walton Arena to win in the waning seconds of the contest. Trailing by a point with just under ten seconds to go, Terrence Henry was fouled while making a layup, extending the Rebel lead to two. On the final possession of the game, Arkansas failed to score a basket, stunning the visibly and audibly upset Hog home crowd. Ole Miss won 77-75.
Henry had 19 points, Murphy Holloway had another double double (16 points, 16 rebounds), and Jarvis Summers drained 17 points of his own to lead the Rebels. Ole Miss must beat Alabama and win at least two games in the SEC tournament to be NCAA tournament eligible. It's a long, long shot, but it's not impossible.
The baseball team won again too, which is neat. The game was close until the end, with the Memphis Tigers jumping out to a 2-0 lead which the Rebels would match and hold for several innings. In the bottom of the eighth, though, the Ole Miss offense exploded, scoring five runs to put this one well out of Memphis' reach.
The pitching was solid. Freshman Sam Smith got the start and worked a pretty solid five innings. He allowed two runs on five hits, striking out four. Blair Wright came in to relieve for 1.1 innings before Dylan Chavez entered the game to pick up his first win on the season. He pitched the final 2.2 innings perfectly
Offensively, Matt Snyder, Andrew Mistone, and Blake Newalu had good outings. Snyder, from his DH role, went 2-for-4 with a run scored, a double, and a run batted in; Mistone was 2-for-3 with a run and a stolen base; and Newalu was 3-of-4 with a double and a run batted in.
As Juco pointed out in an earlier fanshot, Senquez Golson is fast and he demonstrated as much last night. Look at Senquez run.
The men's tennis team also won against Memphis. Yay, Tennis!