With the game tied at 74, Tyrone Garland sent No. 13 La Salle to the Sweet 16 on a game-winning shot with 2.5 seconds left. Garland's heroics lifted the Explorers to a 76-74 win over the Ole Miss Rebels Sunday evening in the Third Round of the NCAA Tournament
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The game was close throughout, and La Salle was led by Ramon Galloway, who was red-hot from the field. His 24 points were a game high and he got 18 of them on 6-10 shooting from three.
Not surprisingly, Ole Miss's Marshall Henderson led the scoring for the Rebels and he gave his team the lead back after trailing for much of the first 30 minutes. He capped a 7-0 run with a three that put the Rebels up by four with just under 10 minutes to play.
Henderson, of course, took more shots than anyone else in the game, and wasn't very efficient doing it. He was 8-21 from the field and a poor 4-15 from long range. He came up with another huge play with 6:39 left in a tie game and the score tied. Henderson took the ball to the hole and scored, plus the foul, pumping his fists and showing a bit of his legendary enthusiasm.
But the Ole Miss attack wasn't just Henderson. Murphy Holloway made his presence felt with a double-double of 14 points and a game-high 13 rebounds.
When the Rebels took a five point lead with under five minutes to play, it looked like they had started to separate themselves from the Explorers. Then, Sam Mills came down the court and was fouled while draining a three. He missed the free throw, but Jerrell Wright grabbed the rebound and laid it in to tie the game and complete the rare five-point play.
The lead then changed hands several times down the stretch, setting up an eventful final minute. First, Henderson took an ill-advised shot with the shot clock running down that did not draw iron. The Explorers got the ball on the turnover, leading to Garland's game-winner. He finished with 17 points off the bench.