Ole Miss beats Georgia on the road for its second-straight win

Published 2:11 pm Saturday, February 9, 2019

Breein Tyree tied his season-high point total with 31 as Ole Miss won its second game in a row with a 80-64 win over the Georgia Bulldogs in Athens on Saturday.

The Rebels (16-7, 6-4) would lead by as many as 18 over a dismal Georgia (10-13, 1-9) team that struggled rebounding the ball against an Ole Miss team that’s had major rebounding issues of late.

Three Ole Miss players were in double figures. Tyree’s 31 points is his fifth straight game with at least 20. Blake Hinson scored 13 and Terence Davis scored 12 points with four assists. The Rebels out rebounded the Bulldogs 38-32, keeping Georgia below its team average of 40 rebounds per game.

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“The biggest thing was we had to keep Georgia off the glass,” Rebels head coach Kermit Davis told ESPN’s SEC Network after the game. “We played our best game since the Mississippi State game.”

Keeping Georgia off the glass wasn’t much of an issue for Ole Miss early, as Georgia couldn’t miss out of the gate. The Bulldogs made four 3-pointers in the first five minutes of the game to build a 18-8 lead. However, Ole Miss would fight fire with fire.

Using a nearly four-minute, 12-2 run Ole Miss tied the game at 20. The Rebels tied the game after consecutive 3-point shots by Tyree and Devontae Shuler. Both Georgia and Ole Miss made seven 3-pointers in the first half with the Bulldogs connecting on their first six attempts.

Ole Miss would take the lead midway through the first half and finished the half with a 17-6 run to take a 45-33 lead into the break.

The Rebels defense flourished against a lackadaisical Georgia team. Ole Miss forced 16 first-half turnovers from the Bulldogs to build its double-digit lead, recording 20 turnovers in total. The Rebels would score 19 points off those turnovers.

The majority of the turnovers came from lazy passing, with Georgia tossing ill advised passes into the low post or on inbound plays. Ole Miss recorded 10 steals in the half with Terence getting four of them.

Ole Miss wouldn’t let the Bulldogs back in the game in any capacity in the second half.

The Rebels would push their lead up to 18 late in the game, running up a score against the Bulldogs that couldn’t rebound against an Ole Miss team that’s had its struggles with rebounding the basketball.

Bruce Stevens, who has averaged  4.1 rebounds per game this season, finished the game with nine boards, including four of the Rebels’ 13 offensive rebounds.

“It was great to see Bruce assert himself,” Kermit told ESPN.

The win over a struggling Georgia team doesn’t do much for Ole Miss’ NCAA Tournament chances, but it can build confidence for the Rebels who still have Auburn, Kentucky and Tennessee remaining on their schedule.