Last Valentine's Day, Stefan Moody scored just 16 points in a gut-wrenching, one-point loss at home to Arkansas. Over the course of the following year, Ole Miss had lost every one of the 11 games in which Moody scored fewer than 20 points... until this weekend.
Despite the SEC's leading scorer putting up just 17 points, Ole Miss overcame an early deficit to win, 76-60, in the Razorback's return to Oxford. Moody was off from the opening tip, hitting just 4-of-17 from the field and coughing up seven turnovers. He scored just one point in the first half.
Not to say he didn't contribute to the highlight real:
.@Young_Moody42 finishes it off in style Rebels win 76-60 over Arkansas! pic.twitter.com/I6B8s7r6ge— Ole Miss Basketball (@OleMissMBB) February 13, 2016
Still, his cold shooting spelled trouble early on, as Arkansas cruised out to an 11-point lead 10 minutes into the game and, despite a Rebel run, went into halftime leading, 37-35. But Ole Miss, leaning on it's big men for once, dominated the second half. Sebastian Saiz (still rocking his stunna shades), Anthony Perez, Tomasz Gielo and Marcanvis Hymon each scored in double digits.
The real story, however, was that group's rebounding. Those four fellas combined for 28 boards, eight of which came on offense. Ole Miss out-rebounded the Hogs 18 to 11 on the offensive glass, and those second chances helped the Rebs overcome a mediocre shooting performance.
The big guys weren't as effective on the defensive side against Razorbacks forward Moses Kingsley, who bullied any one-on-one matchup he drew, posting 19 points. Still, the defensive effort overall was superb: the Hogs shot just 32 percent from the field on the day.
The loss tips Arkansas to a game below .500 overall and 5-7 in SEC play. The Rebs improve to 16-9 overall and even things 6-6 in conference.