|Men's NCAA Tournament RESULTS
|Ole Miss 57, Wisconsin 46
|Florida 79, Northwestern State 47
Ole Miss Surges in Second Half to Down Wisconsin
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Ole Miss Rebels became the first Southeastern Conference team to notch a postseason victory in 2013 when they took down Wisconsin in the NCAA Tournament Round of 64 on Friday by a final score of 57-46. Marshall Henderson, the SEC’s leading scorer, scored 17 of his 19 points in the second half to help the Rebels (27-8) overcome a three-point halftime deficit in the win.
Henderson had only made one of his first 13 field goals on the afternoon, but that didn’t break head coach Andy Kennedy’s faith in his star player. Henderson eventually got it going and ignited a 20-8 Ole Miss run that helped the Rebels seize command of the contest and pull away in the final minutes.
Murphy Holloway played big for the Rebs as he has all year long, falling just short of a double-double with 10 points and nine boards on four-of-eight shooting. Reginald Buckner and Jarvis Summers pitched in nine points apiece while combining for 15 rebounds, and Ladarius White added six points and six boards off the bench.
Ole Miss did not shoot particularly well overall, but stingy defense held Wisconsin (23-12) to just 25 percent shooting on the other end to compensate. The Rebels forced the Badgers into 12 turnovers on the afternoon as well, and would lead by as many as 11 en route to the victory.
Sam Dekker led the scoring effort for Wisconsin with 14 points, but he was the only Badger to crack into double figures in the scoring column. Jared Berggren and Traevon Jackson scored eight points apiece for UW in the losing effort, but the Badgers were only able to connect on seven of their 30 3-point shot attempts.
The loss marked the first for Wisconsin in its last six NCAA Tournament openers. Ole Miss will advance to play the winner of Friday's Kansas State vs. La Salle matchup on Sunday.
Gators Shut Down Northwestern State
AUSTIN, Texas -- Erik Murphy had 18 points to lead four Florida players in double figures and the Gators shut down the NCAA's highest-scoring team Friday night, beating Northwestern State 79-47 in the second round of the South Regional.
Florida exploded with a 19-1 run in the second half and held the 14th-seeded Demons to their fewest point total of the season.
Patric Young had 16 points and nine rebounds for Florida (27-7). Kenny Boynton and Scottie Wilbekin both scored 11.