OXFORD, Miss. (AP) - With his showdown with Kentucky's Jodie
Meeks fizzling, Mississippi's David Huertas got fired up.
Huertas scored 19 of his 21 points in the final 20 minutes and
the injury-depleted Rebels rallied to upset No. 24 Kentucky on
Tuesday, snapping the Wildcats' five-game winning streak a day
after they entered the Top 25 for the first time this season.
"At halftime coach was hollering at us like he was crazy," Ole
Miss guard Terrico White said. "David got mad."
Huertas also got the better of Meeks, who struggled as he has
few times this season. Neither Meeks nor Huertas - the Southeastern
Conference's Nos. 1 and 3 scorers - managed a field goal in the
first half. But Huertas hit a 3-pointer with 11 seconds gone in the
second half and the Rebels (11-9, 2-4 SEC) managed to overcome 24
points from Patrick Patterson for a rare win over the Wildcats
The win snapped Ole Miss' three-game losing streak and its
nine-game slide to Kentucky, which had won 11 of 12 overall coming
into the game. It was the 12th win for the Rebels in 107 games
against the Wildcats.
The Rebels, without three of their best players due to
season-ending knee injuries, managed one of their best defensive
games of the season.
The Wildcats were fourth in the nation with a shooting
percentage of 50.2 percent per game, but struggled against Ole
Miss' mix of the 2-3 zone with man-to-man defense and shot 34.3
percent (25-of-65). It was an especially difficult night for Meeks,
the nation's No. 3 scorer coming in with 26.1 points per game.
The Rebels held him without a field goal for the first 28:04 and
he finished 4-for-15 from the floor with 21 points. He had eight in
the first half, all on free throws, after scoring in double figures
in the first 20 minutes of nine of the Wildcats' last 10 games and
14 of 20.
"Now we feel we can build on this win and get on a run,"
Terrico White also scored 21, Malcolm White added a career-high
20 and Zach Graham had 11 for the Rebels.
Huertas quickly got open on the left wing on the opening
possession of the second half and buried a 3. That spurred Ole Miss
to a 16-4 run to open the half that featured four 3-pointers.
Graham's second 3 of the run put the Rebels up 53-43 and Kentucky
never crept closer than three points after Meeks hit his first two
field goals of the game to make it 58-55 with 11:18 left.
Malcolm White scored five points and Huertas hit another 3
during a quick 8-2 run to put the game out of reach.
"We just played horrible defense," Patterson said. "We
weren't tough at all."
Ole Miss hit 10 of 26 3s in the game and outrebounded Kentucky
45-40. The Wildcats were just 7-of-28 from the 3-point line. Early
it appeared that Patterson would get the best of Malcolm White and
the Rebels' interior defense, but the Wildcats went outside in the
second half, forgetting about their big man.
"We took 28 3s and I don't think we've taken that many since
I've been here," second-year Kentucky coach Billy Gillispie said.
Terrico White had an especially big game for the Rebels. The
freshman finished a point shy of his career high, set one with
seven assists and had five rebounds in 37 minutes despite being a
game-time decision due to a bruised knee. He missed the second half
of Saturday's loss at South Carolina and was questionable until
The knee bothered him, but that didn't stop him from dunking
over Patterson and Perry Stevenson, both 6-foot-9.
"He came to the shootaround and I asked him if he could run,"
coach Andy Kennedy said. "He said, 'Yes.' I asked him if he could
jump. He said, 'Yes.' I told him, 'You're starting.' He was