Ole Miss basketball was back in action Friday night in Indianapolis as they faced Butler in the Rebels first road game of the 2018-19 season.
Ole Miss basketball (1-1) was back in action in the Rebels first true road game of the coach Kermit Davis era. The Rebels travelled to Indianapolis Friday night to face the Butler Bulldogs (3-0). The Rebels entered the game coming off a huge 90-64 season opening win over Western Michigan.
Butler was coming off their second consecutive win this season with wins over Miami-Ohio and Detroit Mercer. Out of the Big East Conference Butler has established itself as a perennial basketball powerhouse and have found a large degree of success in recent years. This would be a tough matchup for coach Kermit Davis and the Rebels.
Despite an outstanding performance by senior Terence Davis and a back and forth game the Rebels trailed at the half 41-36. The second half was much of the same for the Rebels and Bulldogs as the game was tight. Butler was too much on the road and the Rebels fell in a 83-76 decision. Lets take a look at the numbers.
Ole Miss Rebels Basketball
Friday night Ole Miss basketball shot .464 from the field while Butler shot .463. The Rebels shot .423 from beyond the arc while Butler shot .435. The Rebels shot .619 from the charity stripe while Butler shot .852.
The Rebels pulled down 31 boards while Butler had 28 rebounds. Turnovers were a problem for the Rebels as they had 15 opposed to just 9 by the Bulldogs. Each team had 4 steals.
Individual Rebels Numbers
On the night there were only two Rebels who scored in double-digits. Senior Terence Davis led all Rebels with 30 points. Davis also had 4 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 blocked shots. Junior Breein Tyree added 17 points, 4 rebounds and 1 assist.
Freshman KJ Buffen added 9 points while pulling down 3 rebounds. Buffen also had 1 assist, 1 steal and 1 blocked shot. Freshman Blake Hinson added 6 points to go with his 5 boards and 2 assists. Senior Bruce Stevens also added 6 points and 1 rebound. Sophomore Devontae Shuler added 4 points, 8 boards, 5 assists and 3 steals. Junior Dominik Olejniczak had 2 points and 2 rebounds. Senior DC Davis also added 2 points.
Ole Miss basketball will be back in action Tuesday night as they return to The Pavilion to take on Nicholls. Tip-off is set for 6pm CT and the game will be televised via the SEC Network. Good luck to coach Kermit Davis and the Rebels. Hotty Toddy!