JACKSON, Miss. — Ole Miss returned to the hardwood of Mississippi Coliseum in Jackson for the first time in almost 11 years and earned a big win over Southeastern Louisiana, 69-47.
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There was no shortage of energy for the Rebels (7-2), especially on the defensive side of the court. “[We] had our least amount of defensive breakdowns this year,” head coach Kermit Davis said after the game.
From the opening tip to the closing buzzer, the Lions could only muster 37% shooting from the field.
The first half was particularly impressive for the Ole Miss defense as they only gave up a total of 17-points in the first 20 minutes while the Lions shot 7 for 23 from the floor.
The effectiveness of the Rebel defense was also seen in the rebounding column as Coach Davis’ squad outworked Southeastern’s big-men down low to hold a 39-23 edge on the boards. Ten out of the 11 Rebels who saw action in the game were able to pull down at least one rebound.Not only did the Ole Miss defense put on its most effective performance since the 2016 season — when the team gave up only 49 points against Bradley — but the lack of Lion scoring allowed the Ole Miss offense to grind the game out and push it out of reach.
Terence Davis and Devontae Shuler combined for 34 of the Rebels’ 69 points.
Coach Davis praised Shuler’s performance after the win. “He looks so athletic at the rim now. He finishes the ball, obviously him making two or three three’s like that was good,” Davis said.
“It seems tonight he (Shuler) really got going–Breein (Tyree) and TD (Terence Davis) too. Having all three of them all going at the same time, when they do those are three really good SEC guards that can impact the games at a high level.“
Ole Miss head coach Kermit Davis
Ten out of 11 Ole Miss players notched at least one point by the end of the evening, indicating that Coach Kermit’s philosophy on unselfish basketball is being absorbed by his eager squad.
The Rebels, who have won four straight contests, return to The Pavilion at Ole Miss on Sunday at 4 p.m. (CT) to host the Chattanooga Mocs (5-6).