KANSAS CITY, Mo. (WTVA) - Ole Miss fell in a back-and-forth game to La Salle on Sunday night, 76-74, eliminating the Rebels from the NCAA Tournament.
Marshall Henderson scored a team-high 21 points (8-for-21 FG, 4-for-13 3FG) and Murphy Holloway posted a double-double in the loss. Holloway finished the game with 14 points and 13 rebounds.
"We've had this group together in summer school, and we started working on putting ourselves in this position," said head coach Andy Kennedy. "So, when you come up a basket short, you're certainly disappointed and it's a difficult time to reflect, quite frankly. But I'm extremely proud of a lot of the things that this team accomplished."
The Rebels shot just 47.6% from the free throw line, making 10-of-21 shots from the charity stripe. Holloway and Reginald Buckner combined to shoot just 5-for-12 from the stripe.
Ole Miss trailed 40-38 at the half, but took a 56-55 lead with 10:42 left to play after Murphy Holloway grabbed a rebound after missing his second of two foul shots. After a Holloway steal, Marshall Henderson hit one of his four 3-pointers to extend the lead to 59-55.
The Rebels maintained the lead for the next seven minutes, until Tyreek Green hit a 3-point shot to give the Explorers a 72-71 lead with 3:05 left.
Reginald Buckner quickly got the lead back on a layup just 22 seconds later, but the Rebels would not score another field goal for the rest of the game.
Tyrone Garland made a lay-up with just 2.5 seconds left in the game to break a 74-74 tie. On the in-bounds, Jarvis Summers threw up a shot from about half-court, but it sailed just over the top of the backboard, sealing the Explorers' victory.
"I've always said that winning teams make winning plays and, to La Salle's credit, they made the winning plays down the stretch and therefore they move forward," said Kennedy.
Ramon Galloway posted a game-high 24 points in a game-high 39 minutes for La Salle, also leading the Explorers with four rebounds.
La Salle advances to the Sweet 16 to face Wichita State in Los Angeles. Ole Miss finishes the season with a (27-9) record, tying the school record for most wins in a single season.