Ole Miss hoops has been trying to start some new traditions to go along with its new arena, including this awesome waving-cell-phones-to-I-Saw-the-Light deal. Apparently second-half comebacks are on that list as well.
A few days after rallying back from an eight-point halftime deficit against Bama, the Rebs stormed back from down double digits to knock off Georgia, 72-71, and move to 2-0 in The Pavilion. Ole Miss was down by 13 early in the second half and trailed by nine as late as the 11-minute mark.
With Ole Miss trailing 71-70 inside the final 10 seconds, Moody Magic happened. Stefan Moody somehow weaved his way through four defenders and, as he tumbled to the floor, tossed up a right-handed prayer of a layup that banked in with 3.8 seconds on the clock.
How is this even possible?
Moody would not be denied on his game winning shot tonight in the Pavilion #ItBeatTheClock #WAOM https://t.co/34DNALgFn2— OMSP (@OleMissVideo) January 10, 2016
(Video via @OleMissVideo)
Georgia missed a desperation three at the other end as the clock expired. Ball game. Ole Miss is 2-1 in SEC play.
That play almost didn't happen: Andy Kennedy said after the game that he was trying to call a timeout as Moody made his game-winning drive to the basket. Hey AK, how happy are you that coaches aren't allowed to call timeouts anymore?
REBS WIN! REBS WIN!!! AK IS HAPPY!!! #ThePavilion 2 - Rest of the SEC 0 @OleMissMBB pic.twitter.com/EDRN4YmE2I— OleMissPix (@OleMissPix) January 10, 2016
Moody scored 10 of his 29 points in the final 10 minutes to haul the Rebs back into things. He's posted at least 20 points in 10 consecutive games, the longest streak by an Ole Miss player since Gerald "World Class" Glass' 13-game run in the late 80s.
Moody wasn't the only contributor down the stretch, though. Rasheed Brooks put up nine of his 14 points in the second half, including a monster with 50 seconds left that pulled Ole Miss back to within one. And get this: Anthony Perez chipped in six clutch points and an assist as Ole Miss mounted the rally over the final 11 minutes. No, that's not a typo.
Sebastian Saiz notched his sixth double-double of the season with a 14-point, 10-rebound game. Yante Maten led the way for Georgia with 20 points but fouled out with about four minutes left.
It's been one hell of a weekend for Ole Miss hoops, which not only opened a game-changing new home and won a pair of critical conference games, but got a commitment from four-star and top-100 prospect J.J. Smith, who confirmed his pledge via Twitter just before Saturday's tip.
Here's AK on the last 72 hours: