Men’s Basketball moves to 10-0 with 88-78 win pver Cal
Published 12:30 pm Sunday, December 17, 2023
By Ole Miss Athletics
The Rebels’ 88 points was a season best, shooting 50 percent or better from the field and three point line in a game for the third time this year, and the second consecutive game. Jaemyn Brakefield set a new career high with 27 points, connecting on a career-best five makes from beyond the arc.
Just over one minute into the game, Brakefield sunk a corner three to give Ole Miss (10-0) a lead they would hold the rest of the night. A jumper from Jaylen Murray later gave the Rebels a 10-point lead, after starting with an 11-14 shooting performance to begin the game, with the first points of Brandon Murray’s Ole Miss career tying the team’s season-best for first-half three pointers.
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While an 8-0 run from California (3-7) brought them back into it, Ole Miss responded and held a 10-point lead or better for a majority of the remaining minutes in the first half, up 46-35 at the midway break.
The win moves Ole Miss to 10-0, the fourth time the program has begun a season undefeated through 10 contests. This also marks the sixth-best overall win streak in program history.
Head coach Chris Beard has now led three different programs to a 10-0 record to open the season during his career, guiding Texas Tech in 2018-19 and Little Rock in 2015-16 to the exact same start.
Murrell surpassed both Jason Harrison and Coolidge Ball on the program’s all-time career points leaderboard, now with 1,084 to rank 37th.
The Rebels dished out 21 assists on the day with only eight turnovers for a ratio of 2.63. Ole Miss entered tonight’s game ranked 53rd in the nation with an assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.44.
The Golden Bears were led in scoring by Jaylon Tyson with 20 points. Fardaws Aimaq posted a double-double with 11 points and a game-best 12 rebounds.
The Rebels return home for their next game on the schedule, hosting Troy on Tuesday, December 19 in the SJB Pavilion at 6 p.m.