Ole Miss falls at Texas in Big 12-SEC Challenge

Published 3:40 pm Saturday, January 27, 2018

Ole Miss is still waiting to break through on the road.

The Rebels got 21 points from Deandre Burnett and a season-high 16 points from Dominik Olejniczak, but Texas’ frontline was too much for Ole Miss to overcome as the Longhorns defended their home floor with an 85-72 win Saturday at the Frank Erwin Center as part of the Big 12-SEC Challenge.

Texas led 45-36 at the half and led by as many as 18 in the second half against the Rebels, who missed out on a chance at a top-50 RPI road win to fall to 0-6 in true road games.

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Center Mo Bamba finished with 25 points and 15 rebounds while forward Dylan Osetkowsi added 17 points and seven boards for Texas (14-7). Kerwin Roach II added 16 points on 7 of 12 shooting.

With Bamba and Osetkowsi owning the paint — the duo combined to go 12 of 19 from the floor — Texas shot 44 percent from the field despite shooting just 32 percent from 3-point range. Ole Miss shot 39 percent from the floor.

Olejniczak, who came in averaging 4.1 points, had 14 points at the half, making his first four shots and finishing the first 20 minutes 7 of 9 from the field. Burnett scored 12 of his points in the first half to keep the Rebels keep up with Texas’ big frontline.

Bamba and Osetkowsi combined for 24 points on 8 of 13 shooting and grabbed 15 rebounds in the first half for the Longhorns, who answered a Breein Tyree 3-pointer cutting Texas’ lead to one with a 9-0 run to take their first double-digit lead at 38-28 with 5:13 left in the half. Texas shot 48.5 percent from the field to maintain its distance through the break while Ole Miss shot 40 percent, including just 31.3 percent from 3-point range, in the opening 20 minutes.

Ole Miss will jump back into SEC play Tuesday at The Pavilion against Auburn. Tip is set for 8 p.m.