OXFORD, Miss. – Following a 6-0 record in the month of December, the Ole Miss men’s basketball team moves to 10-2 after defeating the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles, 87-57, Saturday afternoon in The Pavilion at Ole Miss.
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In front of a season-high 7,551, the Rebels closed out 2018 non-conference play ahead of the team’s first SEC contest against Vanderbilt Saturday, January 5 in Nashville.
The key for Ole Miss’ success in Saturday’s victory—as well as in the entirety of December—has been efficiency. On the offensive side of the ball against the Eagles, the Rebels were able to maintain their first-place SEC shooting percentage mark with a 52% performance.
Helping the cause, yet again, was a healthy mix of 10 Rebels who put points on the board, including senior Terence Davis who led the way for the Rebels with 20 points.
The chemistry on the offensive side of the ball has been a pleasant surprise for first-year head coach Kermit Davis who has worked to instill the concepts of unselfish basketball in his young team.
Coach Davis’ efforts have already paid dividends for Ole Miss as the Rebels amassed a total of 22 assists on 31 made shots Saturday.
Breein Tyree added 14 points, while Blake Hinson, Devontae Shuler, and Bruce Stevens notched 11 points each.
Ole Miss has also been efficient on the defensive side of the ball. The Rebels have consistently forced turnovers and scored points off those takeaways. Against the Eagles, Ole Miss scored an impressive 19 points off 19 FGCU turnovers, with 11 steals helping the cause.
On the defensive glass, the Rebels finished with a 23-18 advantage behind a team-high six rebounds from Southaven native, Davis.
Dominik Olejniczak, K.J. Buffen, and D.C. Davis each added five rebonds.
Ole Miss, currently riding a seven-game winning streak, will begin 2019 in Nashville on Saturday, January 5 as the Rebels travel to face the (8-3) Vanderbilt Commodores.
The game will tip off at 7:30 p.m. (CT) and will be televised on the SEC Network.