GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The Ole Miss men’s basketball team (14-6, 4-3 SEC) fell to the Florida Gators Wednesday night in Gainesville, losing a heartbreaker in overtime, 90-86.
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The evenly-matched contest featured a total of nine ties and seventeen lead changes between the Gators and Rebels throughout the 40 minutes of regulation.
Similarly, Florida could not force a large lead on the Rebels, as head coach Mike White’s team shot 43% in the same stretch of time.
The teams entered halftime with only three points separating the two– a 33-30 Florida advantage.
The Gators jumped out early in the second half, taking a seven-point lead in the first five minutes. But Ole Miss’ shots started to fall and the Rebs found themselves holding a lead off an 11-0 run courtesy of Terence Davis and Breein Tyree.
Florida battled back to close the gap and take a 71-70 lead off a Noah Locke three-pointer with 1:56 to play.
Ole Miss kept fighting, however, and coming out of a Rebels’ timeout, Terence Davis hit a clutch basket that gave Ole Miss a 72-71 lead. The Gators then fouled K.J. Buffen and the freshman Rebel sank both free throws to give the Rebs a 74-71 lead with a minute to go in regulation.
Following a bucket by Florida that cut the Ole Miss lead to 74-73, Breein Tyree hit two free throws to give the Rebels a three-point lead, 76-73, with eight seconds left in the game. But after a Gators’ time out, senior guard KeVaughn Allen hit a three-pointer with 2.7 seconds remaining to send the game into overtime, tied at 76-76.
Gators surge in OT
The Gators got off to a hot start in overtime, going up on the Rebels by seven, 86-79. Buffen, Tyree, and Davis gave their best efforts to close the gap in the final seconds; however, the Gators ultimately emerged victorious, 90-86.
Terence Davis led all players with 26 points, while Tyree notched 20 and Buffen added 17.
Noah Locke led the Gators (12-8, 4-3 SEC) with 22 points.
Statistically speaking, rebounds, second-chance points, points in the paint, and free throws all went in favor of the Ole Miss squad. Florida out-shot the Rebels from downtown, hitting 11-26 (42%), while Ole Miss tallied 6-23 (26%) from long range.
- Ole Miss played its first overtime game of the season.
- The duo of Terence Davis and Breein Tyree combined for 46 of the team’s 86 points.
- With his first bucket of the game, Terence Davis passed Cob Jarvis (1,313 points) to move to 18th on the Ole Miss all-time scoring list; Davis scored 26 points, the 21st 20-point game of his career (ninth this season) and now has 1,338 career points.
- Breein Tyree produced his 10th 20-point game of the season.
- Terence Davis recorded his third double-double of the season, all in SEC play, and the ninth of his career (26 points, 12 rebounds).
- Terence Davis tied his career-high free in throws (8 of 10, all in first half).
- KJ Buffen scored a career-high 17 points.
- KJ Buffen entered the game as a 61.7 percent free throw shooter and went 8 for 8 at the line, all in the second half.
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The Rebels will return to the hardwood in Oxford on Saturday to take on in-state rival Mississippi State. The game is scheduled to tip off at 2:30 p.m. (CT) and will be televised on the SEC Network. The No. 21 Bulldogs (15-5, 3-4 SEC) enter the game with Ole Miss following a tough loss to the Alabama Crimson Tide, 83-79.