Originally posted on Fox Sports South  |  Last updated 1/11/12
OXFORD, Miss. (AP) -- Murphy Holloway scored 19 points and grabbed 14 rebounds in his first game back from a sprained ankle and Mississippi beat Arkansas 71-63 on Wednesday night. Ole Miss (11-5, 1-1 Southeastern Conference) won for just the second time in six games, coming up with a much-needed victory after a blowout loss to LSU in its league opener. Nick Williams added 18 points as the Rebels won the rebounding battle 48-26 and shot 50 percent from the field. Ole Miss led by as many as 13 points in the second half. The loss snapped the Razorbacks' seven-game winning streak. Arkansas (12-4, 1-1) was led by Marvell Waithe's 15 points while B.J. Young added 14 points and Julysses Nobles scored 12. The 6-foot-7 Holloway had missed the past three games with a sprained ankle and the Rebels struggled without him, losing two of those three. Though he's not a particularly efficient offensive player, he excels at offensive rebounding, second-chance points and bone-jarring defense. His boundless energy provided a needed boost against the Razorbacks, who are known for their up-tempo style. Holloway's blue-collar style was mimicked by the rest of the Rebels, who were terrific on the glass, pulling down 18 offensive rebounds. Several of those rebounds led to easy baskets, like Reginald Buckner's tip-in dunk that pushed the Ole Miss lead to 53-40 midway through the second half. The constant hustle plays helped Ole Miss offset a bad game in other aspects -- the Rebels had 23 turnovers and shot 0 for 7 from 3-point range. Arkansas fought back, cutting the lead to 59-54 on Young's fastbreak dunk with 4:16 remaining, but every time the Rebels needed a basket they got one. The Rebels had been mired in a downward spiral for more than three weeks coming into Wednesday's game, losing four of five after a 10-1 start to the season. The main culprit was a stagnant offense that's averaged less than 59 points during the skid. The bad vibes became worse last week when coach Andy Kennedy dismissed starting guard Dundrecous Nelson, who was the team's leading scorer at 11.6 points per game. The sophomore was one of the few threats from 3-point range and maybe the only player on the roster with a true scorer's mentality. But Ole Miss managed to beat Arkansas with an ensemble cast led by Holloway, Williams and Summers, who scored 11 points and had four assists. Buckner added eight points, 11 rebounds and two blocked shots.
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