Mississippi beats Arkansas 76-64The overhead scoreboard and emergency lights illuminnate the court after the main lights went out at the main lights at the C.M. "Tad" Smith Coliseum during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game between Arkansas and Mississippi in Oxford, Miss., on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013. (AP Photo/Oxford Eagle, Bruce Newman)
OXFORD, Miss. (AP) -- Marshall Henderson scored 16 points, Murphy Holloway added 15 and Mississippi pulled away for a 76-64 victory over Arkansas on Saturday afternoon.
Ole Miss (15-2, 4-0) is now off to its best start in conference play since the 1936-37 season. The Rebels won despite a mediocre shooting performance and a 30-minute power outage that delayed the game late in the first half.
The Rebels didn't make a 3-pointer in the first half, but hit six of them after halftime to slowly pull away. Jarvis Summers and Nick Williams both added 14 points to help extend the team's winning streak to seven games.
Arkansas (11-6, 2-2) recovered from a 13-point deficit early in the second half to tie the game at 50 with 10:59 remaining. The Razorbacks were led by 16 points from Marshawn Powell. B.J. Young added 14 and Hunter Mickelson had 10.
The game was interrupted with 5:37 left in the first half - right in the middle of an Ole Miss fastbreak - when the lights went out at Tad Smith Coliseum due to a power outage that affected a large chunk of the campus. The teams returned to the locker rooms for most of the break.
Ole Miss led 24-21 when the lights went on and responded better to the extended layoff, pushing the advantage to 34-26 by halftime despite shooting just 13 of 38 (34.2 percent) and missing all eight 3-point attempts.
The Rebels pushed their lead to 41-28 with 17:40 remaining in the game on a 3-pointer by Williams, but then Arkansas started a methodical comeback. The Razorbacks went on a 22-9 run over a little less than seven minutes, tying the game at 50 on Rickey Scott's basket with 10:59 left.
But Arkansas could never take the lead. Henderson and Williams hit back-to-back 3-pointers midway through the second half to push Ole Miss ahead 58-52 and the Razorbacks could never mount another serious challenge.
Ole Miss shot just 28 of 70 from the field (40 percent), but forced 18 Arkansas turnovers. Henderson is the SEC's leading scorer, averaging more than 19 points per game, but he shot just 5 of 16 from the field.
Holloway made 7 of 13 shots from the field and added a game-high 11 rebounds. Reginald Buckner blocked four shots.
Ole Miss continued its dominance in the series with Arkansas. The Rebels have won 22 out of the past 30 against the Razorbacks, including nine of the last 10 and six in a row.
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