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_

PHOTO: Ohio State’s new LeBron James shoe display

during the College Football Playoff National Championship Game at AT&T Stadium on January 12, 2015 in Arlington, Texas.
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Ohio State has capitalized on its close relationship with NBA superstar LeBron James over the years and now has a new shoe display that should come in handy during recruiting.

The Buckeyes put out a tweet late this week with the display, calling themselves “THE LeBron school.” While this is something small, recruits like that the Buckeyes are tied into the best player in the world and it’s cool to them that Ohio State gets some exclusive gear.

Rutgers hoping new duo can bring a spark

of the Ohio State Buckeyes against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights during their Big Ten conference game at Rutgers Athletic Center on February 8, 2015 in Piscataway, New Jersey.
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Rutgers has struggled to achieve success on the floor the last few years and head coach Eddie Jordan is hoping that some talented newcomers can help start a turnaround. With the start of practice, local media saw some of the Scarlet Knights’ early practice and Jerry Carino of the Asbury Park Press noted that the duo of freshman point guard Corey Sanders and junior college forward Deshawn Freeman were getting a lot of burn together.

With both incoming players being four-star prospects, it’s hardly a surprise that Jordan would see what the two were capable of. According to Carino, it meant a lot of Sanders driving and forcing the defense to collapse before finding Freeman.

“It seems like coach always has us on the same team,” Freeman said to Carino. “Ever since we’ve gotten here, he’s trying to get us to play together.”

Carino also notes that since Rutgers is deeper, longer and more athletic in general this season, the team could do more with a pressing defense to help create turnovers.

While Rutgers still faces an uphill climb in the Big Ten, they at least have some exciting pieces that will be in place for a few seasons.