Coach Kermit Davis and Ole Miss basketball were back action Saturday as they hosted No.22 Miss State in The Pavilion in Oxford.
Ole Miss basketball was back in action Saturday in Oxford as they were coming off their third consecutive loss. The latest was a 81-77 OT SEC road loss to the Florida Gators in Gainesville this past Wednesday night. No.22 Miss State entered Oxford coming off their own 83-79 loss to Alabama.
In front of a rowdy sellout crowd the Rebels started strong and played a great first half taking a 43-39 lead into the locker room at the break. Howland and the Bulldogs made adjustments at the half and outscored the Rebels 42-32 in the second half to gain the 81-75 win and give the Rebels their fourth consecutive loss of the season. Of course, we look at the game by the numbers.
By The Numbers
Ole Miss Rebels
As a team the Rebels shot .456 from the field while Miss State shot slightly better for .466. From beyond the arc the Rebels shot .524 while the Bulldogs shot .471 from the 3-point line. At the free throw line the Rebels shot .857 while Miss State shot just .679 from the charity stripe.
The Bulldogs outrebounded the Rebels 40-28 while creating 13 Rebels turnovers with 9 steals in the game. The Rebels created 16 Miss State turnovers while getting 6 steals in the game. As a whole the Rebels played good enough to stay in the game until the end but couldn’t close out the win.
Individual Rebels Numbers
On the afternoon there were four Rebels who scored in double-digits. Junior Breein Tyree led all Rebels scoring with 25 points. Tyree also had 1 rebound, 2 assists, 3 steals and 2 blocked shots against the Bulldogs. Senior Terence Davis added 15 points while sophomore Devontae Shuler added 14 points. Davis had 8 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 blocked shot while Shuler had 4 boards, 5 assists and 3 steals. Senior Bruce Stevens added 13 points with 1 rebound.
We knew this would be a tough game for the Rebels win or lose. The Rebels continue to make too many turnovers and poor shots. In the Kermit Davis offense success depends on constant ball movement and turnovers are somewhat expected but double-digit turnovers continue to plague the Rebels.
Defensively the Rebels continue to play hard and create turnovers yet have failed to maximize points off turnovers. This Ole Miss basketball team is relatively young and only in-game playing experience will allow them to get better. Coach Kermit Davis has a good and talented team and the longer they play together the better they will become. Right now the Rebels desperately need a win to get back on track.
Coach Kermit Davis will be back on the road Wednesday night as they travel to College Station to face Texas A&M. Please be sure to check back here for the OHT Ole Miss/TAMU preview which is coming soon. Hotty Toddy!