After a thrilling March run which saw them win the SEC Tournament title and their first NCAA Tourney game since 2002, the Ole Miss Rebels' season came to an end Sunday, following a 76-74 Round of 32 loss to LaSalle. Guard Marshall Henderson led the Rebels with 21 points in defeat.
It was a disappointing loss for Ole Miss fans, in a match-up in which the Rebels seemingly had control until late in the game. Ole Miss held the lead for most of the second half, before LaSalle tied the game with just over a minute to go. The Explorers won it on a Tyrone Garland jump shot with only three seconds remaining in regulation.
Yet despite the sad ending, there were still a lot of positive for Rebels' fans to take away from the game and season. SBNation.com Ole Miss affiliate Rebel Rebellion shared some insight on Monday morning:
But I'll be damned if this wasn't a fun month or so of basketball. We went from "rabble rabble fire Andy Kennedy" to "wow, we're the most talked about team in college basketball right now." We won the SEC Tournament, beating Mizzou and Florida along the way. We stunned one of the best teams in the best basketball conference to open NCAA play. For a while, everyone in the college basketball watching world had their eyes on our Ole Miss Rebels. I'll be damned if this wasn't a really, really good time to be an Ole Miss fan.
The Rebels finished the 2012-2013 season at 27-9 overall, tying a school record for wins.