Local Athletics #MoodyMadness continues as Ole Miss beats Tennessee 59-57

Published on February 22nd, 2015 | by Taylor Rayburn

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#MoodyMadness continues as Ole Miss beats Tennessee 59-57

The man is on fire.

“If you don't love what you do, then why are you doing it?” Moody asked. “I love what I do, and will take every minute of it.”

“If you don’t love what you do, then why are you doing it?” Ole Miss Guard Stefan Moody asked. “I love what I do, and will take every minute of it.” Photograph by Newt Rayburn

Stefan Moody is carrying the Ole Miss Rebels to victory. Over the last five games Moody has averaged 20 points a game and is shooting 52 percent from the three point line. He is in a zone and unless somebody takes him out of it, good luck beating Ole Miss. 

Ole Miss Coach Andy Kennedy has a theory on why Moody makes so many threes.

“I think he likes the attention,” Kennedy said. “He knows if he makes more, he will get more attention, so were offering him making some more.”

For the second time in a row, Ole Miss has been down in the second half and both times, Moody has gone on a run to dig them out of the hole.

Stefan Moody is not only leading Ole Miss on the offensive end, but he anchored Andy Kennedy’s defense, too, registering six steals. Moody has the want and need to not only be a good scorer, but also a good defender.   

“If you don’t love what you do, then why are you doing it?” Moody asked. “I love what I do, and will take every minute of it.”

Moody’s greatest asset though is his knowing when to pass the ball. On an inbound pass with 35 seconds in the game, he was trapped by the Tennessee defense. Instead of trying to force his way through like so many stars do, he passed the ball off to Jarvis Summers who got fouled and made it a two point game.

“We gave him a round of applause,” said Coach Kennedy of Ole Miss Guard Jarvis Summers. “He is now off the milk carton; he is back.” Photograph by Newt Rayburn

“We gave him a round of applause,” said Coach Kennedy of Ole Miss Guard Jarvis Summers. “He is now off the milk carton; he is back.” Photograph by Newt Rayburn

“They were trying to foul and I didn’t want to get a backcourt,” said Moody. “I had an open teammate, so only right to make a pass.” 

Summers, who had been struggling lately, returned to form tonight. Scoring thirteen points and registering eight assists. The senior point guard had a great start in SEC play, averaging 17 points in his the first seven SEC games of the year, but since then he has only averaged 6.6 points.

“We gave him a round of applause,” said Coach Kennedy. “He is now off the milk carton; he is back.”

Ole Miss continues their SEC campaign against the Georgia Bulldogs on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 in the Tad Pad. Georgia are a 17-9 on the season, and Ole Miss will have to rebound well because the Bulldogs are averaging 37.5 rebounds a game, good for top 50 in the country.

The game is at 8:00 pm and will be televised on the SEC network. The Local Voice Ligature

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Taylor Rayburn is a Senior at Lafayette High School in Oxford, Mississippi. He plans to attend Mississippi State in the Fall to major in Journalism.



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