Ole Miss falls at Mississippi State as losing streak reaches seven

Published 9:28 pm Saturday, February 17, 2018

The struggles continued for Ole Miss as the Rebels fell 79-62 on the road to Mississippi State on Saturday night.

It is the seventh straight loss for Ole Miss (11-16, 4-10 Southeastern Conference) who has yet to win a game on the road this season (0-9). The Rebels split the season series after a 64-58 win at home against the Bulldogs on Jan. 6.

For Mississippi State, it is their second win in the last 10 games against their in-state rival. The Bulldogs ended a two-game losing skid after close losses to Vanderbilt and Missouri by a combined five points.

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For Mississippi State, the key to the game came behind the arc. The Bulldogs are a 30.2 percent team from three-point range on the season, but on Saturday they shot 52.2 percent (12-of-23) and hit eight of them in the first half.

After Tuesday’s 17 percent performance in the first half against Arkansas, Ole Miss followed it up with a 27 percent (9-of-33) in the first half against the Bulldogs. Ole Miss shot nearly 61 percent in the second half but the 21-point deficit at halftime was too much to overcome.

Breein Tyree scored a team-best 15 points, Deandre Burnett scored 11 and Bruce Stevens added 11 points. Markel Crawford pulled down 9 rebounds.

Ole Miss never led in the game while the Bulldogs led by as many as 22 points.

Quinndary Weatherspoon led Mississippi State with a game-high 16 points. Nick Weatherspoon and Tyson Carter each scored 15 points, Xavian Stapleton added 10 points. Quinndary Weatherspoon finished with a double-double, pulling down 10 boards.

Mississippi State (19-8, 7-7) outscored the Rebels 34-26 in the paint and had 31 points off the bench to the Rebels 16.

The Rebels will stay on the road with a game at Missouri on Tuesday before coming home to play No. 18 Tennessee on Feb. 24.