Ole Miss Basketball secure first conference road win of the season

Jan 24, 2024; Oxford, Mississippi, USA; Mississippi Rebels guard Jaylen Murray (5) reacts during the
Jan 24, 2024; Oxford, Mississippi, USA; Mississippi Rebels guard Jaylen Murray (5) reacts during the / Petre Thomas-USA TODAY Sports

After an important win on Wednesday over Arkansas, Ole Miss followed it up with their first conference road win yesterday. The Rebels secured an unlikely 71-68 victory against Texas A&M at College Station.

It's been a tough start on the road in conference play for Ole Miss, losing their first three road games. However, the team secured their first of the season against a physical Texas A&M side on Saturday evening.

A victory looked to be slipping away, with Chris Beard's side trailing by seven points with 3:29 left on the clock. However, the Rebels scored the next nine points to take the lead. Even after that run, the hosts put the pressure on Ole Miss, bringing the score to within one point with 14 seconds on the clock.

With nine seconds left, Ole Miss held a three point lead, with Texas A&M guard Tyrece Radford missing the chance to tie the game with a three point attempt.

After losing back-to-back games on the road, the Rebels secured back-to-back wins, with their first road conference win, taking their record to 17-3 on the season and 4-3 in conference play.

Texas A&M headed into the game as the number one team in offensive rebounds, with the Rebels failing to limit them in that area. However, the team did manage to hold the Aggies to 39.7% from the field.

Jaylen Murray scored 16 points, including a clutch three-pointer to give the Rebels a 65-62 lead with 21 seconds left of the game.

Jaemyn Brakefield added 15 points, while Allen Flanigan also hit double figures with 11. Flanigan also registered seven rebounds and three steals in another excellent game from the number seven.

The Ole Miss defensive play has been questioned at times this season, especially on the road. However, on Saturday, they showed that they could hang with the most physical teams in the league.

It sets up a huge rivalry game against Mississippi State on Wednesday, with the Bulldogs coming off their own impressive win over Auburn. Can the Rebels make it three wins in a row in conference play?