Lights go out in Oxford, but Ole Miss holds on for win over Arkansas

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Ole Miss junior guard Marshall Henderson can, at times, be said to “shoot the lights out”. But Saturday afternoon in Ole Miss’ 76-64 win over Arkansas, the lights went out with no help from Henderson.

With 5:37 remaining in the first half, Tad Smith Coliseum went dark for close to 25 minutes as arena officials worked to get power back and get the lights to working condition. During the unplanned intermission, or perhaps “pre-halftime”, teams returned to their locker rooms.

Once power and lights were restored, Ole Miss grew its 26-21 lead to as many as 13 points, 41-28, with 17:44 to play in the second half. Arkansas then used a 22-9 run to tie the game at 50 with 11:13 to play.

With five players in double figures and led by Henderson’s 16 points, the Rebels pulled away late in the second half for the win.

As Jeff Eisenberg of Yahoo! Sports points out, this isn’t the first time Tad Smith Coliseum has run into problems. An Ole Miss women’s basketball game home game was rained out in February 2011. According to reports, high winds forced rain into air vents in the arena’s roof, which dripped heavily onto the court.

Putting the “Ole” in “Ole Miss” since 1965.

(Photo credit @bubbaprog, mocksession.com)

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at JohnnyJungle.com, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_

Utah lands top-75 center Jayce Johnson

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Utah picked up its center of the future on Monday as four-star center Jayce Johnson pledged to the Runnin’ Utes, a source confirmed to NBCSports.com. The 7-foot Johnson recently cut his list to Cal, Colorado and Utah with the possibility of reclassifying to the Class of 2015.

Regarded as the No. 67 overall prospect in the Class of 2016, Johnson will look to attend Utah in December as a walk-on who will redshirt. While Johnson likely won’t play this season, he does give head coach Larry Krystkowiak another big man to use in practice to go against sophomore center Jakob Poeltl. A solid long-term prospect, Johnson has a good frame to add weight and he’s also skilled finishing with both hands. Utah now has its replacement for Poeltl if he opts to leave for the NBA after the season and he gets an extra semester to work with the program.

Johnson is coming off of his official visit to Utah this weekend as he joins junior college guard Jojo Zamora in the Class of 2016.


PHOTO: South Carolina gets new uniforms

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South Carolina debuted some new uniforms early this week as the school is going with a fresh look and three color ways.

They’re also going to with the “Carolina” branding this season, but I think these new uniforms look pretty cool.