Stanford Falls In Quarterfinals to Ole Miss 71-68

Harrison Ingram takes aim for the Stanford Cardinal in Orlando at the ESPN Events Invitational on Thu Nov 24, 2022. The Cardinal face Florida State Fri Nov 25, 2022 in Orlando. (photo from Stanford Cardinal)

Stanford Falls In Quarterfinals to Ole Miss 71-68

By Barbara Mason

On Thanksgiving Day the Stanford Cardinal (2-3) took on Ole Miss (5-0) in the ESPN EVENTS Invitational. The SEC is a power house, recruiting at a high level and being the deepest in all of college basketball.

Ole Miss got a fast start and never let-up throughout the first half. They never trailed in the first 20 minutes. Stanford had several opportunities mid-way through the half when the two teams were tied at 16. The Cardinal could not get on top of Mississippi turnovers playing a part in the 29-22 deficit at the half. Harrison had the high for Stanford with seven points. The Cardinal had six turnovers so far in the game. Stanford does struggle with turnovers having an average of 16 per game.

Ole Miss’s Matthew Murrell, one of the best three point shooters in the country was strangely silent in the first half without a single field goal. His teammates picked up the slack with Amaree Abram one of them hitting 12 points, a career high, in the opening half.

Ole Miss extended their lead as the second half wore on. They led by double digit for most of the second half. Stanford was having a lot of difficulty stringing stops together and Mississippi was imposing their will on the Cardinal offensively.

Mid-way through the second half the Stanford offense started to put something together. They cut the double digit deficit to four points in a 7-0 Cardinal run. This game turned in favor of Stanford. With 38 ticks left on the clock the Cardinal trailed by two points 65-63. Again Abram answered with a three-pointer giving the Rebels a 68-63 lead. The final was 71-68.

Stanford got close in this one but just could not take advantage of the many opportunities they had throughout the game. Harrison Ingram finished with a season high 24 points. Spencer Jones had 10 points.

With the Rebels Matthew Murrell completely off his game there could have been doubt as to how this game would end had it not been for the excellent play of Amaree Abram with 26 points. Jaemyn Brakefield had 17 points and Jayveous McKinnis finished with 15 points. There was just too much fire power from the Rebels and Stanford played from behind the entire game.

The winner of this game will advance to the semifinals to take on the Siena Saints (3-2). Siena got past Florida State in an upset earlier today 80-63. Stanford faces Florida State for their second game in the ESPN Events Invitational at 10:30 AM on Friday morning.