Arkansas wasn’t able to run the play it wanted with time running out and down by two points Tuesday at Bud Walton Arena. But the Razorbacks got the ball in the right guy’s hands.
B.J. Young had 19 points, seven rebounds and three assists in 24 minutes Tuesday night.
True freshman guard B.J. Young drove for the layup and put it off the glass with his left hand as time expired. The shot looked good, but it wouldn’t drop.
Young dropped soon after, though, falling to the floor in dismay as Ole Miss beat the Razorbacks 77-75 on Senior Night in front of 10,175 fans.
“He’s hurting. All our guys are hurting,” Arkansas Coach Mike Anderson said. “They wanted to win this game not only for our season but for our seniors.
“They put their heart in that game.”
So, it appeared, did Ole Miss, which was down by 15 points at one point in the second half but crashed the glass hard to fuel the comeback.
The Razorbacks (18-12, 6-9 SEC) looked like they had the Rebels (17-12, 7-8) on the ropes, leading 68-60 with 5:32 left. But in a little more than two minutes, Ole Miss tied it up at 68-68.
Young, who finished with a team-high 19 points, gave the Hogs a 75-74 lead with 13 seconds left when he hit two free throws.
But Ole Miss senior forward Terrance Henry drove, made a layup and was fouled by sophomore forward Brandon Mitchell. Henry hit the free throw, and the Rebels led by two points.
The Hogs had a final play set up, but the Rebels threw them off when they came out in a 2-2-1. Arkansas’ play was designed to run against man-to-man defense, but the ball was supposed to go to Young, regardless.
“We were going to come into a high-ball screen, me and him was going to be a pick-and-pop because they weren’t going to switch on either one of us,” Arkansas sophomore guard Mardracus Wade said. “So we thought we were going to confuse them with that, but it never got down to that.
“B.J. was just wanting to take it into his hands, which all good players want the ball in their hands at the last second. We thought he got fouled, but hey, it is what it is.”
Ole Miss won for the fourth consecutive time inside Bud Walton Arena, and beat the Hogs for the second time this season. The Rebels have won eight of the past nine games against Arkansas.
“It definitely cuts pretty deep,” said Arkansas senior forward Michael Sanchez, who was playing in his last regular-season game at Bud Walton Arena. “Not really a whole lot we can say. We just didn’t get it done tonight. They were better tonight.”
Wade finished with 14 points – all in the second half. After not attempting a shot in the first 20 minutes, Wade finished 5 of 8 from the field and 4 of 7 from three-point range. Junior guard Julysses Nobles added 13 points.
Ole Miss got 16 points and 16 rebounds from junior forward Murphy Holloway. Henry scored a team-high 19, freshman guard Jarvis Summers scored 17, and junior forward Reginald Bucker had eight points and 15 rebounds.
Henry had 11 points in the second half, while Summers scored 16 of his 17 after halftime. Both were big in the final few minutes.
Summers hit a three-pointer with 3:31 left to pull the Rebels within 68-66, and then tied the game with a layup 17 seconds later. Summers also hit 1 of 2 from the free-throw line to pull the Rebels within a point with 2:11 left.
Henry’s layup with 44 seconds left cut the Hogs’ lead to 73-72, and of course, his layup with eight seconds remaining gave the Rebels the lead for good.
“What a game,” Ole Miss Coach Andy Kennedy said. “I’m not sure I’ve been a part of one of those. Most definitely not this year and I can’t remember one that had such huge swings in momentum.”
There were five ties and nine lead changes in the game. Ole Miss led by as many as six with 13:10 left in the first half, but Arkansas went into halftime leading 35-26 behind 10 first-half points from Young, eight from freshman guard Rashad Madden and six points, five rebounds and three blocks from freshman forward Hunter Mickelson.
Wade hit a pair of three-pointers as Arkansas went on a 10-0 run early in the second half, going up 47-37. He hit another three as soon as Ole Miss made it a seven-point game, and his fourth three-pointer put the Hogs up 55-40 with 13:36 to play. That’s as large as Arkansas’ lead got, however.
“Those guys were tired. They were calling timeouts,” Wade said of the Rebels. “I thought they were really going to roll over, but that wasn’t the case.”