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November 23, 2012
Ole Miss forward Murphy Holloway talks to reporters Friday after scoring 23 points in the Rebels' 91-45 win over Lipscomb.
OXFORD, Miss. -- Andy Kennedy wasn't thrilled with his team's sluggish start Tuesday night McNeese State.
That wasn't a problem Friday afternoon.
"Approach is everything with us," Kennedy said. "I was really pleased with the way we came out of the gate. We established ourselves early, and it was from our upperclassmen, which is what I was most proud of."
Ole Miss jumped on Lipscomb from the opening tip, hitting six of its first eight shots in the game's first five minutes, and cruised from there, whipping the Bisons, 91-45.
"Sometimes it's hard to stay on edge when you're playing an opponent that you feel like you're just physically superior to," Kennedy said.
The Rebels were certainly on edge in the opening minutes. Ole Miss dominated on the glass early, hitting two of its first 3-pointers - one from Marshall Henderson and another _ the first of the season _ from Murphy Holloway.
Ole Miss (5-0) built a quick 17-2 lead by the first media timeout and never allowed Lipscomb (2-2) to even think about threatening. The Rebels led by 21 at halftime and steadily increased that advantage in the second half.
Holloway was a beast on the glass and a nightmare for Lipscomb in every facet of the game. The Rebels' senior forward scored 12 of his 23 points in the first half. Holloway added eight rebounds, two steals and a blocked shot to his final stat line.
"He's our energy," Holloway said. "I've always said Murph's our swag. No. 1, he's a difficult matchup at that (power forward). He's very, very strong. He can get it to his left hand. We try to do some things where he can facilitate some offense. I thought he did a better job making good decisions. He was one of the reasons that Nick (Williams) got open looks and Marshall got open looks."
Williams had 14 points Friday, hitting five of nine shots from the floor and three of five from beyond the arc. Reginald Buckner had 10 points, seven rebounds, five blocks and three steals, while Henderson finished with 10 points, seven rebounds and five assists.
Stephen Hurt led Lipscomb with 14 points. John Ross Glover added 12.
Friday's proverbial walk in the park might be Ole Miss' last for a while. The Rebels have a one-week break before entertaining Big East foe Rutgers on Dec. 1 at 1 p.m. and perennial Sun Belt Conference contender Middle Tennessee in Murfreesboro on Dec. 8. After a Dec. 14 home date with East Tennessee State, Ole Miss will head to Hawaii for the Diamond Head Classic in Hawaii. The field in Honolulu includes No. 25 San Diego State and No. 10 Arizona.
"It's kind of funny," Kennedy said. "We've played five games in the first two weeks, so we're kind of on a pattern of playing every three days. Two very difficult games upcoming. We've got to take our best moments from the first five games both offensively and defensively and be able to sustain it, but I'm anxious to see really who we are. I think Rutgers will be an opportunity for us to see that."
TIP-INS: Kennedy said freshman guard Derrick Millinghaus, who is recovering from surgery to repair a tear in his meniscus, is "progressing tremendously." Kennedy said Millinghaus' recovery "could not have gone better to this point," adding that he's hoping he can return in 3-4 weeks. LaDarius White logged 16 minutes behind starting point guard Jarvis Summers Friday, recording six points, three rebounds, no assists and two turnovers. "He's not overly comfortable at the point," Kennedy said. "I'm not overly comfortable having him at the point. We've got to deal with what we're dealing with. Hopefully Derrick will be back soon."
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