2012 SEC Men's Basketball Tournament
Game 7: #7 Ole Miss 77, #2 Tennessee 72 (OT)
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New Orleans, La. -- Terrance Henry scored 19 points, Jarvis Summers added 17 and Mississippi beat Tennessee 77-72 in overtime in the Southeastern Conference tournament quarterfinals on Friday night.
Henry hit two free throws with 9.1 seconds left in regulation to give Ole Miss a 61-58 lead, but Tennessee's Skylar McBee banked in a 3-pointer with 2.1 seconds left to tie the game and send it into overtime.
The Rebels pushed ahead 70-63 in overtime on Murphy Holloway's putback, but Tennessee rallied to pull within 74-72 on two free throws by Jarnell Stokes. Henry closed out the game by making two free throws with 11 seconds remaining.
Ole Miss (20-12) advances to the tournament semifinals for the first time since 2007.
Tennessee (18-14) was led by Trae Golden's 21 points. McBee and Cameron Tatum both scored 15. The Volunteers shot just 28.1 percent (18 of 64) from the field.
Both teams badly needed the win to improve mediocre NCAA tournament resumes, and the air of desperation was evident from the opening tip, with brutally physical play on both ends of the court. Points were at a premium and open looks were rare.
Ole Miss and Tennessee battled to a 28-28 halftime draw as the seventh-seeded Rebels managed to hang in the game despite rampant foul trouble. Five different players, including three starters, had two fouls, so coach Andy Kennedy was forced to use a patchwork of rarely used reserves like Aaron Jones and Maurice Aniefiok.
It worked decently, but the Rebels didn't have much answer for Golden, who scored 11 first-half points.
The second half was just as intense. Neither team led by more than four points.
Holloway was crucial down the stretch for the Rebels, scoring 14 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. Reginald Buckner had 12 points and eight rebounds. Ole Miss outscored Tennessee 38-12 in the paint.
Tennessee was the surprise of the SEC this season, recovering from some terrible losses during the nonconference portion of its schedule to finish 10-6 in the league and earn the No. 2 seed in the tournament.
The Volunteers have been getting NCAA attention because of the strong finish, but there's no doubt the loss to Mississippi hurts.
Ole Miss gets another chance to build its resume on Saturday in the semifinals against the winner of the Vanderbilt-Georgia game.
Game 7 Notes – Ole Miss 77, Tennessee 72 (OT)
Ole Miss advances to semifinals Saturday at 2:30 CST vs. Georgia/VU
(Ole Miss’ 10th appearance in tourney semifinals; 4-5 record)
• This marked the third-straight year that an SEC Tournament game went into overtime.
All-Time Series: Tennessee leads 69-39
Earlier this Season: On Feb. 22, Tennessee won 73-60 in Knoxville
In SEC Tournament Games: Ole Miss leads 7-5
• Tied at halftime, the teams were separated by no more than four points the entire second half.
• Trailing 56-53 with four minutes to go, Ole Miss got a pair of foul shots from Jarvis Summers, a three-point play by Terrance Henry and a foul shot by Reginald Buckner to go ahead 59-56.
o Tennessee got two foul shots from Trae Golden with nine seconds left, countered by two from Henry to keep Ole Miss ahead by three, 61-58.
o Skylar McBee banked home a three-pointer with two seconds left to send the game to overtime tied at 61.
• Tennessee scored first in overtime but Ole Miss responded with nine-straight points to claim a 70-63 lead, the largest differential of the game.
• Down 74-67 with 37 seconds left, Tennessee had one last charge. A three-pointer by McBee and two foul shots from Jarnell Stokes brought the Vols within 74-72 with 14 seconds remaining.
o Henry made three foul shots in the final seconds to preserve the victory.
Ole Miss Notes:
• Ole Miss is 20-12 and has won five in a row.
• Ole Miss has won at least 20 games 12 times in school history, including five of the six seasons under Coach Andy Kennedy.
• Ole Miss dominated points in the paint 38-12.
• Ole Miss committed only eight turnovers and won points off turnovers 13-1.
• Ole Miss 9-2 this season when scoring at least 70 points.
• Terrance Henry led Ole Miss in scoring with 19 points, including 10 of 12 at the foul line.
• Murphy Holloway notched 14 points and 10 rebounds, his 11th double-double of the season.
o Holloway has a double-double in both SEC Tournament games.
o Ole Miss is 19-9 this season when Murphy Holloway is available the entire game.
• Tennessee is 18-14, ending Tennessee’s four-game winning streak.
• Tennessee won the rebounding 49-41, leading to a 24-16 advantage in second-chance points.
• Trae Golden paced Tennessee with 21 points.
• The Vols also got 15 each from Cameron Tatum and Skylar McBee. McBee tied career highs with five three-pointers made and 11 attempted.
• Jeronne Maybin totaled 11 points and 17 rebounds, his ninth double-double of the season.